There is a large ornate rear spoiler above the mighty diffuser. The body is distinguished by flat air stripes. With very little ground clearance, the race car bends over asphalt with Michelin spots.
Inside is as clean as a lab. Racing bucket seats with a safety net, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) crash structure and a high-tech steering wheel make Formula 1 slate. I’m about to need a shoehorn to climb. Everything as you’ve always known from racing cars.
Up to 1088 HP
I start the car and instinctively prepare for the screeching sound of a Porsche boxer. But everything remains calm. The Mission R is a purely electric race car. It aims to give a realistic look at the future of Porsche’s racetracks. At the same time, sports car brand Zuffenhausen (D) announced a new trophy for the electric brand in the middle of the decade.
The performance data for the Porsche Mission R is impressive. There is an electric motor for each axle, the front motor generating 517 hp (380 kW), the rear 571 hp (420 kW). In qualifying mode, the electric four-wheel drive monster has 1,088 horsepower (800 kW), twice as much as today’s GT3 racer. For racing, power is throttled to 680 PS (500 kW) for more range and a top speed of 300 km/h.
In 2.5 seconds to 100 km
But while that performance data is impressive, the Mission R runs amazingly well. When I start at full speed, my facial features almost drift off course and the 100 km/h mark rushes in 2.5 seconds. It’s almost intimidating how confident an electric flounder can bring its performance to the asphalt. Not only on straight lines, but also on corners.
Correct braking is important. Not only because 1.5 tons is a massive amount on the racetrack (the 911 Cup ready-to-run is about 300kg lighter), but also because of the recovery. Task R doesn’t recover like a normal stromer when I take my foot off the throttle, but only when I step on the brake pedal.
If I brake correctly, I squeeze up to 800 kilowatts of recovery energy to the battery. This is not only meant for extra range, but also serves as a support when going off the curve. had already Le Mans Porsche 919 racing car Help his victories and crush the competition. Each axle differential lock ensures correct intake.
Battery lasts for 30 minutes
The main reason for the proud weight is of course the 82 kWh battery pack. That should be enough for half an hour races. To ensure that the battery remains at its optimum operating temperature, Porsche has specially developed an oil cooling system that also cools the electric motors. Back in the pit lane, it should be recharged with 900 volts in a quarter of an hour. We learned from the pathological formula E.
While charging the Mission R, I glanced at the electric racer and am amazed that it will take another four years for the racing series to begin. Pulid looks mature. But the engineers want to reduce the weight to at least 1,430 kilograms. I wonder how surely there is no roll cage.
Instead, a crash-resistant carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic body protects the driver. It is similar to the external structure, which, in addition to maximum rigidity, also saves weight. Just in case there is an escape hatch directly above the driver. This time it has no job, but getting into the race car is stressful enough – it’s a little easier to get out of it.
Let’s continue we can do it better!
This time I’m a “only” passenger alongside Porsche driver Lars Kern, and he takes it easy on the first two laps – by comparison. But once the Michelin tires got used to the driver and the track, there was no stopping the maneuvering track. And I realize I’ve only scratched the surface of the Mission R’s dynamic driving capabilities. So racing has an electric future.
Now all Porsche has to do is control costs, because in the end they are the best and most important to the success of a racing series. And from the racetrack it’s faster than ever to future series models – electric, of course. Some hope the Mission R will give a glimpse into the electric 911. But first there’s the 718 Cayman and Boxster by the name of Stromer – and hopefully with many of the Mission-R genes!
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