Porsche has unveiled its latest all-electric concept car, the Mission X, which it describes as a “conceptual reinterpretation” of the hypercar. The car has a squat, compact design with bubbly fenders and chunky corner details. The design extends to the roof, giving it a unique look. Its doors sweep forward and up, so when you open them, you’re now seated under the sky, and the car takes on the look of something like a scarab beetle when looked at from the front. The Mission X is a two-seater, with a short wheelbase of just 107.4 inches, which is very close to that of the 918 Spyder.
The Battery and Performance
The car’s battery has a 900-volt system architecture and would charge around twice as fast as the Taycan Turbo S. Porsche says it has a power-to-weight ratio of about one hp per 2.2lbs, and it would “be the fastest road-legal vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife”. At the moment, that distinction belongs to the Mercedes-AMG One. Owing to “aerodynamic purposes,” the tires stagger slightly, with 20-inch wheels in front and 21-inch ones in the back. The car’s battery bank is in the middle of the car, just behind the seats, referring to it as an “e-core layout,” similar to traditional mid-engine car design.
The Interior and Design
The Mission X has a retro-future jet plane interior design. It has a steering yoke instead of a wheel and the rest of the interior looks pulled straight from 80s sports car design, all straight lines, harsh angles, and flat surfaces. In the passenger seat dash, there’s a modular attachment area showing a stopwatch module with both an analogue and digital display for tracking lap times or “vital data of the driver,” among other things. On the rear, the “PORSCHE” badge and red LED strips actually jut out from the car, giving it a 3D effect that’s very designer-y.
The Mission X is a conceptual car, and it is unclear whether Porsche will pursue it for production. Porsche’s previous electric concept was the “Mission E,” which was debuted in 2015. By 2017, it had morphed, eventually evolving into the Porsche Taycan.