The Porsche Mission R: Highlights
The Porsche Mission R is the vision of an all-electric vehicle for customer motorsports.
A look into the future of customer motorsports.
The development of a brand-linked, all-electric customer racing platform is yet another logical step being taken by Porsche on the way to a sustainable motorsports future. With 30 one-make series worldwide, more than 4,400 911-based Cup cars produced to date and with the Carrera Cup Germany now in its 31st year, Porsche is currently the most successful brand in customer motorsports. Motor racing has traditionally been used by the company as a testing ground, where innovative solutions and technologies have to prove themselves under the toughest conditions before they go into series production.
Sustainability as an essential part of corporate strategy.
Porsche aims to be CO2 neutral by 2030. By then, the sports car manufacturer plans to offer more than 80 per cent of its vehicles equipped with an electric motor. To achieve this goal, the company will be investing more than one billion euros in decarbonisation in the course of the next ten years. The measures to be taken include the development of high-performance batteries and eFuels with significantly reduced CO2 emissions. Porsche is currently testing these synthetically produced fuels in motorsports together with ExxonMobil. Why? Because motorsports are also becoming increasingly more sustainable.
Future-driven: drive concept with innovative electric motors.
The Porsche Mission R matches the performance level of the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Power output remains constant throughout the entire duration of the race – a major benefit of using the electric motors with direct oil cooling developed by Porsche. The capacity of the battery, which incorporates high-end cells and also has direct oil cooling, is designed to complete an entire race in the new sprint qualifying format (30 minutes). Thanks to 900-volt technology and fast-charging capability, it is possible to charge the battery from 5 to 80 per cent SoC (State of Charge) in about 15 minutes during a break from racing.
Packed to the gills with signs that hint of a future production model.
The Porsche Mission R is very compact and sits low on the road. The puristic design approach is defined by the sleek cabin, the roof line that slopes sharply to the rear and the pronounced shoulders of the wings. In typical Porsche fashion, the car bonnet slopes downwards between the two sharply curved wings, while the large air intakes on each side, the visible natural fibre front splitter and the flat four-point LED headlights dominate the front end. The look of the rear end is characterised by a large diffuser and a free-standing spoiler – the standard arrangement for racing cars. The typical Porsche light strip is the link to the production cars.
Body parts made from renewable raw materials.
Many of the Porsche Mission R’s add-on parts are made of natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP), the basic material of which is made from flax fibres obtained from farming. In the production of the renewable fibre, 85 percent less CO2 is generated than is the case when producing carbon fibre. The natural fibre material is visible on the car’s exterior, such as the front splitter, the side skirts and the diffuser, while in the interior, natural fibres are used in virtually all areas. The rear bulkhead and the seat shell, for example, are made of natural fibre reinforced plastic.
Innovative cage structure made of carbon fibre composite.
A new type of cage structure made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is used to protect the driver. This so-called “exoskeleton” combines high protection potential with low weight and a distinctive look. The protective structure forms the roof section and is visible from the outside. Like a half-timbered construction, it provides a framework around six transparent segments made of polycarbonate. One of them is a removable escape hatch placed directly above the driver.
Maximum driver focus.
Key displays and controls are all placed along the same axis. The information is clustered on three levels: the race display between the steering wheel controls has the highest priority. This is where all the key driving data are displayed. A larger second screen is mounted on the steering column behind it, allowing the driver to see the images from the side-mounted cameras and the central rear-view mirror camera.
To the right of the driver is a control panel with an integrated screen. This is where the driver’s biometric data are displayed. Other special features: the innovative 3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat with upholstery produced using 3D knitting technology, cameras integrated in the car’s interior to provide a live stream transmission and a new type of helmet holder/dryer combination.
Driver module doubles as a racing simulator.
Genuine motorsports and esports merge in the Porsche Mission R. This is due to its monocoque type driver cell that is designed as a self-contained module and can be used in exactly the same form outside the vehicle as a simulator. This allows the racing driver to prepare virtually for his next race in a familiar environment, while the racing drivers of tomorrow can also take part in esports events.
Aerodynamics designed to deliver more downforce.
The Porsche Mission R features a further development of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with its Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose section and spoiler. It comprises three louvres in the air intakes on each side of the nose section as well as an adjustable, two-section spoiler. For maximum downforce, the louvres are closed and the spoiler is deployed to its steepest position. Fitted with smooth-surfaced carbon aeroblades, the light-alloy wheels are also flow-optimised.