Porsche aims for the fastest road-legal car with its Misson X electric hypercar concept

According to the brand, the design will serve as the "technology beacon for the sports car of the future."
Jijo Malayil
Porsche's Mission X Concept
Porsche's Mission X Concept


As a tribute to its 75 years of motoring legacy, German-carmaker Porsche unveiled the Mission X electric hypercar concept, which signifies the direction the company wants to go in the coming years. According to the firm, the Porsche Mission X "technology beacon for the sports car of the future," said a blog post. The brand has been producing sports vehicles since the release of the original Porsche 356 on June 8, 1948.

The new model intends to carry on the legacy of its iconic cars like the 959, the Carrera GT, and the 918 Spyder, and the will "provide critical impetus for the evolutionary development of future vehicle concepts."

With the Mission X hypercar concept, Porsche is also aiming for the tag of the fastest road-legal vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife and also to have a power-to-weight ratio of roughly one PS per kilogram, which would set a benchmark in the industry. 

An impressive feat of engineering

Mission X is a two-seater hypercar concept which relatively small by hypercar standards, measuring just about 4.5 meters long and two meters wide. In comparison to the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, its wheelbase measures 2.73 meters. The concept car has mixed-size tires for aerodynamic purposes, with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. 

Porsche aims for the fastest road-legal car with its Misson X electric hypercar concept
Top view of Misson X Concept

Following the formulae of conventionally powered mid-engine cars, Porsche has centrally placed the batteries behind the seats. This layout centers the mass in the car providing the basis for excellent agility. 

An "exoskeleton" built of carbon fiber reinforced plastic(CFRP) makes up the whole body of the Mission X, this aids in maintaining the high power-to-weight ratio. In addition to it, the brand aims to achieve downforce values that are well more than those delivered by the current 911 GT3 RS. 

With its 900-volt system architecture, Porsche intends to offer increased charging performance, charging about twice as quickly as Porsche's current leader, the Taycan Turbo S which offers a 350 kW charge rate.

Mission to improve on its performance standards

The Porsche 959 debuted as a technological platform in 1985. The super sports vehicle's top speed of 317 km/h, which it achieved thanks to its 450 PS six-cylinder twin-turbo engine and an aerodynamically improved body, set a new record for a sports car in serial production at the time. Porsche's Carrera GT, with its V10 engine and 612 PS, followed suit and remained an icon in the sportscar segment. 

Porsche aims for the fastest road-legal car with its Misson X electric hypercar concept
Interiors of the Mission X Concept

With the 918 Spyder, Porsche hybrid technology attained a stunning apex. The 652 kW (887 PS) two-seater broke the seven-minute barrier on the 20.6-kilometer Nordschleife of the Nürburgring in September 2013 and took 6:57 to complete the lap. Porsche strives to uphold this benchmark of the best possible e-performance.

Porsche is tightlipped on whether Mission X will make it to series production, considering the brand did bring its Mission E concept into production with the Taycan, there's hope for racing enthusiasts.

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