Race cars are not exactly built to be eco-friendly. With an emphasis on going fast, race cars are the farthest thing from being environmentally friendly.
But with most automakers reducing their emissions and carbon footprint, don't be surprised to see pure electric race cars arriving in the future. They are ditching the internal combustion engine, after all. Porsche is one of those, and they've recently previewed their upcoming EV racer called the Mission R.
While it might be an EV, the Mission R has the power and handling to match the current 911 GT3 Cup car's lap times. It uses two of Porsche's next-generation electric motors that provide a maximum output of 1,088 horsepower or 800 kW when in “qualifying mode”. Unlike the 911 GT3 Cup cars, which are rear-wheel drive, the Mission R is all-wheel drive. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h only takes 2.5 seconds and the top speed is rated at 300 km/h.
When not in qualifying mode, the Mission R produces a constant output of 680 PS or 500 kW. Meanwhile, the oil-cooled battery cells can be recharged in just 15 minutes thanks to advanced 900-volt technology and Porsche Turbo Charging.
To make sure the Mission R can put the power down, Porsche added active aerodynamic parts. The bumper intakes and the adjustable two-section rear wing individually adjust for optimal aero and downforce. Meanwhile, the doors, front and rear wings, sills/side panels, and rear center section are made of natural fiber reinforced plastic or NFRP. Interestingly, the Mission R is one compact EV racer. At 4,326 mm in length, the Porsche Mission R is slightly shorter than the current 718 Cayman.
Inside the Mission R, the same NFRP material used on the body panels can be found inside the cabin. However, the safety structure is made from carbon fiber to keep the driver and occupants safe. Porsche claims that the cabin also doubles as a racing simulator. Perfect if you don't want to head out to the track but want some seat time.
At the moment, there's no word whether Porsche plans to put the Mission R into production. However, a production race car similar to the concept may use the tech available.
The idea of an electric Porsche racer may seem sacrilegious, especially for the purists. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.