Porsche unveils Mission X concept

Porsche has unveiled the Mission X at the opening of the “75 Years of Porsche Cars” exhibition, which marks the June 8, 1948, release of the Porsche 356 “No. 1 Roadster—the company’s first sports car model.

The Porsche Mission X is a two-seater concept study that spectacularly reinterprets the hypercar with its Le Mans-style doors and a high-performance, efficient electric powertrain.

“The Porsche Mission X is a technology beacon for the sports car of the future. It picks up the torch of iconic sports cars of decades past,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Like the 959, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder before it, the Mission X provides critical impetus for the evolutionary development of future vehicle concepts.”

Measuring approximately 4.5 meters long and two meters wide, the Mission X concept study is a relatively compact hypercar almost the same size as the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. For aerodynamic purposes, it is fitted with 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear.

The concept car’s low-slung bodywork, which is less than 1.2 meters tall, is finished in Rocket Metallic and accented by design elements in a carbon-weave finish. The rear wheels feature transparent aeroblades designed like turbines to better cool the brakes. A lightweight glass dome with an exoskeleton made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic extends over both the car’s occupants.

Evoking those fitted on the legendary Porsche 917 race car are the Mission X’s Le Mans-style doors attached to the A-pillar and the roof, which open forwards and upwards.

The modernized Porsche crest debuts on the Mission X. It is made from brushed precious metal and features a three-dimensional honeycomb structure, a refreshed heraldic beast and more subtle gold color.

Marking the rear of the Mission X are the illuminated Porsche lettering, and a sculptural rear light that appears like it is suspended in the air. While the car is charging, the “E” of the Porsche lettering pulsates.

The cabin of the Porsche Mission X, focused on the driver, features two seats colored differently. The driver’s seat’s Kalahari Grey color matches the center console and the dashboard. The passenger seat is in the contrasting Andalusia Brown shade. Both seats have CFRP shells, and their six-point seatbelts integrate into the monocoque. Other motorsport touches include the open-top steering wheel, which has mode switches and shift paddles.

When the Porsche Mission X goes to production, the hypercar is expected to be the fastest road-legal vehicle around the Nurburgring, have a power-to-weight ratio of roughly one horsepower per kilogram, achieve downforce well in excess of those generated by the current Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and offer significantly improved charging performance with its 900-volt system architecture.

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