The advent of fuel crisis is an inevitable one, and it is a suspicion shared by many a petrol enthusiasts. Fear not though, because Porsche seems to have truly cracked open the recipe for a practical and exciting electric car!
Let’s look at the basics. It’s called the Mission E and is a four door saloon that doesn’t use a drop of gasoline and yet manages to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 3.5 secs! The reason for this, is the two electric motors combining to produce a net output of 600HP and a complex four wheel drive system. The Mission E is Porsche’s gem at the Frankfurt Motor show and if all goes as planned, the Mission E would have the same impact the 911 had 50 years ago.
The Mission E is a sexy car and there’s no beating around the bush here, with its chunky arches, long C-pillar and wide proportions. The car embodies te typical Porsche design cues but it also has fresh and futuristic elements added in. The new 3D headlamp housing, clamshell bonnet and the single piece taillight are all fresh elements. The Mission E also incorporates heavy aero detailing with huge breather vents behind the front arches as well as on the rear arches to shoot fresh air onto the carbon fibre wheels. Standing at 129cm, the Mission E is as tall as the latest 991 911 and this gives the car a beautiful stance. It defines itself as a four-door 911 rather than a small Panamera which is a very good thing. The 911 shaped glass housing compliments the design and its wide hips further help the Mission E stand out truly as a gorgeous piece of automotive work!
The Mission E has a five dial display that takes inspiration from the original five dial design from the first 911; but in the modern car this display is curved like a modern 4K display and employs a camera that focuses on the drivers face and recognises the dial the driver is looking at and highlights it and moves to the centre. Crazy stuff from the Porsche boffins. Interiors is fresh and definitely suits the personality this car has made for itself. In terms of pricing, Porsche has confirmed that the Mission E should be in the 100,000 pound range and would go head to head against Tesla’s top cars and the BMW i8. But the money can wait because it’s going to take Porsche at least three to four years to put the Mission E into production.
The most exciting part of the Mission E though is its all-new 800 Volt architecture which has an estimated range of 500 kms and this architecture provides a quick charge feature, which Porsche claims would charge the batteries to 80% in 15mins. If Porsche could truly pull this off, they have a real winner on their hands and in all honesty a legitimate car for the future! Whether this will have an impact on the future of automobiles like the 911 did 50 years ago is something this concept study will help us understand. Porsche’s aim with the Mission E though is a simple one- build the ultimate electric car for the future; and in all fairness, we think they’ve pulled it off!