The Porsche 911 has for decades been synonymous with competition at all levels, as the iconic Porsche sports car competes today in all kinds of disciplines, from Endurance to customer racing. However, it seems that this is about to change, because, with the arrival of the electric revolution at the Stuttgart firm, the brand is determined to go much further than its Formula E car in this field, and is already preparing a car for 100% electric touring car racing.
And with that idea was born this Porsche Mission R, a concept car that proposes a future 100% electric customer-racing car, which is committed to the latest in technology, sustainable materials, and heart-stopping performance.
A racing Taycan?
This model is therefore presented as the future replacement of the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, a stalwart within single-make racing, which gives an idea of the dimension and paradigm shift of what Porsche is proposing here.
In fact, here there is no trace of the iconic forms of a 911, but rather it looks like a two-seater version (although it really only has one seat) of the Porsche Taycan racing since it has the same headlights both front and rear, however, the rest of its bodywork is much more extreme, featuring wide wheel arches and air intakes, semi-muffled rims and racing tires, and a practically bare rear in which only a gigantic diffuser and a large rear wing with DRS can be found. All wrapped in a racing livery typical of Porsche racing models.
The latest technology to create the ultimate electric
And if aesthetically it is already surprising, its performance does nothing but improve things. We are talking about a four-wheel-drive prototype with two electric motors capable of delivering together a constant power of 680 hp if career mode is selected, however when selecting "classification mode" that figure rises to an impressive 1,100 hp of power with which it is able to sign a 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 300 km / h in both modes. All this while maintaining a weight of 1,500 kg thanks to its monocoque chassis.
Its battery with a maximum capacity of 82 kWh and state-of-the-art cells and direct oil cooling is made to hold sprint races without problems, and also its 900-volt technology and a maximum charge capacity of 350 kW allow you to recover your battery from 5 to 80% in just 15 minutes. It also has a recovery power of up to 800 kW.
A video game driving position
The interior has been designed with the driver in mind, with a driving position reminiscent of that used in simulators for eSports competitions, with a safety structure made of carbon fiber composite material and a steering wheel accompanied by a screen in charge of offering all the essential information of the race, while others on the steering column offer images of the digital rearview mirrors. A third screen to the right of the driver shows the driver's biometric data.
This Porsche Mission R has been designed in such a way that it is not only a racing car with all the letters despite being electric, but it will also make life easier for its mechanics and engineers thanks to the modular design of its propulsion system that will allow containing costs, and a wireless connection technology that will allow access to the car data remotely and help to solve them. Also thanks to a special high voltage alert system essential in electrified cars like this one, it will meet the same high safety standards as a road car, including automatic disconnection of the batteries from the rest of the car in the event of a collision, as well as red or green indicators to warn to commissioners and mechanics to warn of danger due to high voltage.
It remains to be seen when Porsche will eventually turn this concept car into a fully operational racing car for its one-make competitions. Be that as it may, it is clear that with this step Porsche is determined to extend its electric revolution to the racing world as well, even if that means retiring its eternal 911.