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09 Jun 2023

Spectacular hypercar concept revealed by Porsche

The Mission X aims to be the fastest road-legal car on the Nürburgring 

Precisely 75 years to the day from the registration of the first ever car to bear the Porsche name, Porsche revealed their latest concept car, the Mission X.
 
While Porsche have not confirmed when or even if the Mission X will go into production, should they do so, their aim is for it to be the fastest road-legal car on the Nürburgring, with a power-to-weight ratio of roughly one PS per kilogram, capable of generating significantly more downforce than the current 911 GT3 RS.
 
The Mission X will also offer significantly improved charging performance, with its 900-volt system architecture allowing it to charge roughly twice as quickly as Porsche’s current frontrunner, the Taycan Turbo S. The battery is installed centrally behind the vehicle’s seats. This ‘e-core layout’ centres the mass in the car. As with a conventionally powered mid-engined car, this provides the basis for excellent agility.
 
Speaking at the concept car’s launch, Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, said: “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: 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. Daring to dream and dream cars are two sides of the same coin for us: Porsche has only remained Porsche by constantly changing.”
 
Measuring approximately 4.5 metres long and two metres wide, the Mission X concept study is a relatively compact hypercar. With a wheelbase of 2.73 metres, it has the dimensions of the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. For aerodynamic purposes, the concept car has mixed-size tyres, with 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear.
 
The Mission X represents the pinnacle of performance and modern luxury. At the same time, its sculpted form and muscular lines demonstrate that hypercars don’t have to look aggressive. The low-slung bodywork, which is less than 1.2 metres tall, is finished in Rocket Metallic – an elegant paint colour specially designed for the concept study. Design elements in a carbon-weave finish are found below the beltline. These components are varnished in a satin finish and are therefore slightly coloured, but their material structure remains recognisable.

The wheels of the concept study feature elaborate details: the rear axle is fitted with almost transparent aeroblades, which are designed like turbines for better cooling of the brakes. A lightweight glass dome with an exoskeleton made of carbon-fibre- reinforced plastic extends over both occupants. The Le Mans-style doors are attached to the A-pillar and the roof; they open forwards and upwards. This type of door was previously used on the legendary Porsche 917 racing car.
 
Predecessors: innovative super sports cars from Porsche
The fastest series-production car of its time; first series-production Porsche to be made of carbon fibre, and the first road-legal vehicle to beat the seven-minute mark on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the Porsche 959 (1985), Carrera GT (2003) and 918 Spyder (2013) were milestone models in the world of super sports cars. And that makes them the conceptual forerunners of the Mission X.

In 1985, the Porsche 959 made its debut as a technology platform. Its 450 PS six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer engine, combined with an aerodynamically optimised body, propelled the super sports car to a top speed of 317 km/h – then the world record for a series-production sports car.

With its V10 engine and 612 PS, fierce design and, not least, its incomparable driving experience, the Porsche Carrera GT remains an icon among super sports cars to this day.

Porsche hybrid technology reached a spectacular zenith with the 918 Spyder. In September 2013, the 652 kW (887 PS) two-seater was the first road-approved vehicle to crack the seven-minute barrier on the Nürburgring’s 20.6-kilometre Nordschleife, completing the lap in 6:57 minutes. 
 

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