Porsche has taken the wraps off its Mission R concept race car, visualizing what future customer racing could look like in an all-electric racing future.
Unveiled Monday at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the all-wheel drive Mission R is powered by two electric motors capable of delivering up to 800 kW (1,072 horsepower) in so-called qualifying mode, where it can go from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of more than 300 km/h (186 mph).
The power output for ‘race mode’ is set at 500 kW (670 hp).
The Mission R features a 80 kWh battery, which makes sprint racing possible with “no loss of output.” Up to 75 percent of the battery is able to be recharged in 15 minutes thanks to Porsche’s 900-volt technology, with charging able to take place up to 340 kW.
Two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard and Nürburgring lap record holder Lars Kern have been among the test drivers of the the car, which is an “indication of what future one-make series with all-electric cars could look like.”
“Porsche is the brand for people who fulfill their dreams,” said Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG.
“This is also true in motorsports. We experience our innovative strength on the race track, demonstrate courage in pursuing new avenues and delight car owners with sporting performance.
“In addition to our involvement in the Formula E World Championship, we are now taking the next big step forward in electric mobility.
“The concept study is our vision of all-electric customer motorsports. The Mission R embodies everything that makes Porsche strong: performance, design and sustainability.”
Other key developments are in the cockpit, which includes a monocoque driver’s module “in exactly the same form” as an esports simulator.
An advanced safety cage has been created made of carbon fibre composite material as well as a roof structure dubbed the “exoskeleton.”
The car is slightly shorter than a Porsche 718 Cayman but wider and lower than the car that forms the basis of Porsche’s current GT4 race car offering.
No current race plans have been announced for the Mission R, with the car understood to not have been built to the FIA’s new Electric GT Championship regulations.