Porsche Mission X

The Porsche Mission X concept is a relatively compact hypercar the carmaker says. Image: Porsche Newsroom

Porsche Mission X: Five things to know about the concept electric hypercar

Dramatic is one word to describe the new Porsche Mission X concept electric hypercar, however this is the brand’s sports car of the future.

Porsche Mission X

The Porsche Mission X concept is a relatively compact hypercar the carmaker says. Image: Porsche Newsroom

The Porsche Mission X has a trio of conceptual forerunners that read like the most technologically advanced cars of all time: the Porsche 959 (1985), Carrera GT (2003) and 918 Spyder (2013).

The German carmaker unveiled the dramatic-looking two-seater on Thursday, 8 June 2023 – the eve of the ‘75 Years of Porsche Sports Cars’ exhibition opening at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen according to Car Magazine.

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1. Remember the iconic V10-powered Carrera GT hypercar and hybrid-powered 918 Spyder? Well the Porsche Mission X has the shares the same with those cars featuring a wheelbase of 2.73 metres, according to Porsche Newsroom.

For aerodynamic purposes, the concept car has mixed-size tyres, with 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear.

Porsche Mission X
Michael Mauer, Head of Style Porsche, says: “The Mission X is a clear commitment to the core of the brand. Image: Porsche Newsroom

2. A look inside reveals two different seat hues: the driver’s seat is Kalahari Grey while the passenger seat has a Andalusia Brown shade. There is tons of carbon fibre scattered around the cabin.

There are multiple cameras on board. Recording starts as soon as the driver presses the record button (REC) on the multi-purpose controller.

 For the Porsche Mission X, the designers have created a special stopwatch module with an analogue and digital display.

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Beyond the carbon fibre seat shells, and their six-point seatbelts integrated into the monocoque, further motorsport parallels include the open-top steering wheel, which has mode switches and shift paddles. Image: Porsche Newsroom

3. Porsche has one electric model at the moment in its line-up: the Taycan. With the Porsche Mission X, the carmaker reckons it will feature significantly improved charging performance with its 900-volt system architecture and charge roughly twice as quickly as Porsche’s current frontrunner, the Taycan Turbo S.

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This type of door was previously used on the legendary Porsche 917 racing car. Image: Porsche Newsroom

4. A lightweight glass dome with an exoskeleton made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic extends over the driver and passenger. The Le Mans-style doors are attached to the A-pillar and the roof; they open forwards and upwards.

The vertical base form of the headlights was inspired by historic racing cars such as the Porsche 906 and 908 and drawn well down towards the road. Image: Porsche Newsroom

5. The lofty goals set by Porsche with the Mission X include having the car’s power-to-weight ratio of roughly one PS per kilogram and achieve downforce values that are well in excess of those delivered by the current 911 GT3 RS.

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The vision, should the Mission X go into series production, is for it to be the fastest road-legal vehicle on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Image: Porsche Newsroom