This is utterly fantastic.
Last month, Porsche teased a mysterious new electric vehicle that we thought might be a new Taycan variant. We recently got more information on the car when the German automaker told us that it was a concept that would provide a "spectacular insight into the future of motorsport." Knowing that, it became clear that we should not expect something that would be suitable for public roads, but now that Porsche has unveiled the concept, we could never have guessed just how mesmerizingly special this new machine would be.
Revealed today at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, the Porsche Mission R is an electric racer unlike anything you've ever seen before.
It looks like a Cayman-sized Taycan with motorsport influence, and that's basically what it is - an electric two-door race car. With two newly developed electric motors, the Mission R produces up to 1,072 horsepower in its all-out attack setting, otherwise known as qualifying mode. With all four wheels being driven, the car can achieve 0-62 mph in under 2.5 seconds and will top out at over 186 mph. Porsche says that the electric racer can achieve "the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup."
A constant power output of 670 hp is possible in race mode, and the car has been developed to provide constant battery output even when thermal conditions change. Up to 429 horses go to the front axle while the rear gets a maximum of 643 hp.
With advanced 900-volt tech and Porsche Turbo Charging (offering charging rates of up to 340 kW), the race car can recharge from 5% to 80% capacity in just 15 minutes. It's just as impressive on track too, boasting Porsche Active Aerodynamics and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose and rear wing, the former of which features three louvers in each of the two front side intakes and the latter of which is comprised of an adjustable, two-section wing.
Sustainability goes beyond the powerplant, with the body made largely of natural fiber reinforced plastic, the base of which comes from flax fibers that would otherwise be wasted by farmers. This material features on the front spoiler lip, diffuser, and side skirts too, as well as on interior door panels, the rear bulkhead, and the seat.
In the cabin, a display sits between the controls on the steering wheel showing relevant data during races while a monitor above the steering column provides imagery from the side- and rear-view cameras. On the right of the seat, there's a touch display that can be used "to call up the driver's biometric data," while other cameras in the cockpit have been included to make online streaming of racing more immersive than ever.
This car is clearly built with the virtual world in mind, as the monocoque driver's module doubles as an esports simulator too. Finally, the safety structure of this car, which is slightly shorter in length than the 718 Cayman, is made of carbon fiber composites for maximum strength and safety.
Porsche says that its Mission E concept previewed what would eventually become the Taycan, and now the Mission R has a similar goal, previewing the brand's "first all-electric sports car model series to come." We can't wait.