Maybe a 'mid-engined' EV can change the way we think about electric sports cars.
It's no secret Porsche is planning to make both the Cayman and the Boxster electric to some degree. A fully-electric 718 could join the lineup, or the whole run could be electric-only in the coming years. Either way, taking a sports car electric is a big move from Porsche and one that it's already working on.
We've met the Porsche 718 GT4 ePerformance before. After all, how do you forget a name that long? Porsche debuted the all-electric racer back in May, but it was still shod in a body-covering livery at that point. now, it's not, and we think this is what the electric Cayman will look like.
The car itself made its first public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, because, where else do you do this? If there's anything going on in motoring this weekend, it's either at Goodwood or Pikes Peak. Regardless, the GT4 ePerformance showed is almost GT3-like face at the FoS, where it made a run up the hill.
It did so on sustainably-made tires, and presumably in the car's full-fat, 1,073 HP qualifying mode. It can also do a longer 30-minute stint at 603 hp if needed.
Now, it's important to note this is a race car. Of course, a streetable, electrified version of the 718 won't look entirely like this. But we imagine it'll be somewhere between this, the Mission R racer, and the Cayman render we cooked up a while back.
Right now, the rumor mill indicates a much more reasonable 400 hp for the electric run of Caymans and Boxsters, but the look very likely starts here. This car is, after all, built on the exact same platform as both the Cayman and Boxster. It's more or less based on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, but Porsche says it significantly redesigned and reengineered the car to get the ePerformance you see here.
That, of course, means it's possible to rework the existing gas-powered 718 architecture and turn it into a race car. Porsche will need to tone all that down to get it past street car safety regs, but for now, this is what we'll be picturing when someone talks about the new electric 718.