Porsche Mission E Concept: 600-hp EV on the fast track
A major surprise at the Frankfurt show, the Porsche Mission E Concept is a striking one-off that showcases innovative styling and state-of-the-art electric technology that has already been tested on the grueling Nurburgring racing circuit. Demonstrating how the automaker sees the future of the electric sports car, the Mission E Concept complements stunning styling and advanced interior design cues with 600 horsepower, ultrafast charging capability and more than 300-mile range. Built on a bespoke platform, it reportedly foreshadows a model that will launch around 2018.
High power and fast charging
The heart of the Mission E Concept is an advanced drive system that couples design elements borrowed from the firm's Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid with a new high-energy EV operating system. Two electric motors, one at each end, crank out in excess of 600 horsepower which gets shipped to each wheel as part of an on-demand AWD system with Porsche Torque Vectoring and 4-wheel steering. In addition to hustling the Mission E from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and taking it to 124 mph in less than 12 ticks, the Porsche says its new setup allows the motors to continue to develop full power even after multiple full-throttle acceleration runs over a short period.
Energizing the Mission E's motor array is a new EV power package that operates on 800 volts, twice that of current systems. Doubling the voltage offers several benefits, including smaller, lighter connector cables and shorter charging times. Using the Porsche Turbo Charging system, the car's liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, which is mounted low in the floor between the axles, can be brought to an 80-percent replenishment level in a record15 minutes. The Mission E also can be hooked up to a conventional 400V quick charging station or use cable-less induction charging.
Slightly shorter but wider and lower than a Panamera, the Mission E Concept reflects ultimate sport sedan flair from its unique matrix LED headlamp arrays to its fast-flowing rear glass and full-width integrated lighting. Made of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber reinforced plastic, its bodywork displays various 911/918 influences throughout, most notably in the front quarter treatment and greenhouse shapes. The Mission E's low roofline, rear-hinged aft doors and lack of a B-pillar are set off with an array of aero-enhancing intakes/outlets that help reduce drag and decrease high-speed lift along with video cameras that replace conventional side-view mirrors. Rounding out the look are lightweight staggered-size -- 21-inch/22-inch -- carbon composite wheels wrapped in wide, low-profile rubber.
3D virtual gauges and gesture control
Offering room for four in individual seats inspired by racing buckets, the Mission E Concept's cabin is a modern interpretation of traditional Porsche design themes. The lighter and more open character is complemented by numerous innovative touches starting with its new main instrument cluster that uses OLED technology to present highly legible 3D virtual gauges organized in driver-selected themes. The systems also incorporates an eye-tracking system that not only detects which instrument the driver is viewing but also positions it in response to any movement thereby ensuring the readout is always fully visible. A holographic supplemental display in the dash offers touch-free gesture control for things like navigation, media and climate control while a secondary touch display in the center console is used to input more details info.
To say the Porsche Mission E Concept is loaded with potential would be a massive understatement. It will be most interesting to see how this design exercise ultimately transitions into a full-fledged production model.
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