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by Tony West
This past September Porsche presented a new super sedan concept at the IAA in Frankfurt, the Mission E. The future whip is the first all-electric four-seat sports car they’ve produced, and boy is it swagtastic. The electric sedan has a 500 km driving range, 600 horsepower, and a super short charging time. If this whip did get produced, which I think is pretty unlikely, it would smack the heck out of the Tesla Model S. But at least I can fantasize about the innovative new features it boasts that could be part of a future Porsche.
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Cutting-Edge, Super Sexy Lightweight Design
The Porsche Mission E is like no other electric sports whip on the market. With the triumph of the 918 Spyder hybrid, the Porsche Mission E could dominate an elite all-electric lux sports car market occupied by a few. The innovative exterior design, lightweight body composition, and new-age interior displays the superior technology Porsche affords its super sedans.
Every square inch of the Mission E reflects emotional sportiness in the best tradition of Porsche design. The low-slung whip has discreet buttons for door handles and side view cameras instead of side mirrors. The classic sweepback design features air inlets and outlets on the front, sides and rear for enhanced aerodynamics and efficiency. Integrated air guides enhance airflow around the wheels, and air outlets on the sides reduces overpressure in the wheel wells reducing lift.
The front and rear fascia take cues from the 911 and 918. Matrix LED headlights grouped around a flat sensor for assistance systems whose border serves as an indicator light. Distinctive front wings and a low-cut bonnet reference the 911. The super sedan Mission E Concept also boasts counter-opening doors without a B-pillar.
The rear’s windscreen draws inward and dopeness ensues with the tail light strip with black gloss and 3D Porsche badge. As in the 911 G3 RS, a wide characteristic recess extends from the overlapping front luggage compartment lid up and over the roof. And the Porsche Mission E has wide 21 inch wheels in front and 22 inch wheels in the rear all made of carbon.
The Porsche Mission E Concept is an achievement in optimal weight distribution and low center of gravity. The body is made of a functional mix of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). The battery mounted in the car’s underbody runs the whole length between the front and rear axles. This distributes weight to the two drive axles uniformly resulting in exceptional performance.
Impressive All-Electric Powertrain
The Porsche Mission E boasts an innovative drivetrain that could rival its top-selling peers. Porsche is a front-runner introducing innovative 800-volt technology, doubling the 400 volts offered with today’s electric vehicles. Via an 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80% of its capacity in about 15 minutes. The battery can also be charged longer with 400-volt charging station, or with an inductive charging port embedded into a home garage that requires no cables.
With the latest in electric technology, the whip can travel over 500 km in one battery charge. The technology features two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), similar to the one used in the 919 hybrid, a previous Le Mans victor. Together the motors produce over 600 horsepower and propel the Mission E to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds.
In addition to their high efficiency, power density and uniform power development, they can develop their full power after multiple accelerations at short intervals.
The need-based all-wheel drive system, featuring Porsche Torque Vectoring, automatically distributes torque to individual wheels. All-wheel steering gives precise sporty steering.
Futuristic 4-Seat Interior
Inside the Mission E Concept is a 4 seat cabin full of technology and open space. Race bucket seats serve as inspiration for the four single seats. Their lightweight design gives occupants secure lateral support during dynamic driving. Between the front seats, the center console sweeps up to the dashboard with open space beneath.
The innovative new driver’s dash is a curved filigree driver’s display that’s free standing. The instrument cluster consists of 5 gauges displayed in OLED technology, organized according to driver-relevant themes of Connected Car, Performance, Drive, Energy, and Sport Chrono.
An eye-tracking system detects, via camera which instruments the driver is viewing. The driver can then activate the menu with steering wheel controls. The display also follows the seat position and body attitude of the driver in what is known as a parallax effect. If the driver sits lower, higher or leans to the side, the 3D display of the round instruments reacts with the driver, and will always show relevant information within the driver’s line of sight. Info can also be saved and shared via a social media link.
The 3D display is arranged with an upper layer for the driver’s display and a holographic display between the levels that shows individually selectable apps. The driver or passenger can use these aps to touch-free control media, navigation, climate control, contacts and vehicle settings. A touch pad on the center console controls settings and accesses other useful menus.
Porsche’s Mission E Concept can also be configured remotely from a tablet using Porsche Connect, Over the Air and Remote Services. Drivers can reconfigure chassis settings, engine, or infotainment system. The driver can use a smartphone or tablet to start updates conveniently from the Porsche Connect Store. Porsche Connect also enables drivers to contact a Porsche Center for remote diagnostics or to schedule appointments.