Porsche Mission E sports car concept unveiled in Frankfurt

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 15, 2015

Porsche has made history by launching its first all-electric four-seat sports car – the Mission E – at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. Laden with the signature Porsche emotional design, this concept car boasts outstanding performance and the revolutionary practicality of the first 800-volt drive system.

The highlights of this four-door sports car include having four single seats, a driving range of more than 500 km, and system power that exceeds 600 hp (440 kW). When equipped with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, the car takes less than 3.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h.

To achieve an 80% electric charge, it only has to be plugged in for about 15 minutes. The driver can intuitively operate the instruments by gestures and by eye-tracking with some being controlled by holograms. Another advantage is that the displays automatically adjust to the driver’s position.

Essentials
Fast charging
Porsche Mission E achieves an 80% electric charge in just 15 minutes
Driving range
Mission E can travel over 500 km or 310 miles on one battery charge
Acceleration
Fom 0 to 62 mph in only 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in less than 12 seconds
Innovative
Mission E is a front-runner in introducing innovative 800-volt technology for the first time
Exterior Design

Every aspect of the Mission E is reflective of Porsche’s emotional sportiness and design.To start with, this sport saloon has a height of 130 cm and boasts of sports car features by Zuffenhausen that include visible improvements like an integrated aerodynamics. Designed with a flow-through concept, the body has unique air inlets as well as outlets on its sides, front, and rear.

These improve both performance and efficiency. For instance, air flow is better at the area surrounding the wheels due to these integrated air guides. Lift is reduced on the side because the air outlets lessen overpressure in the wheel wells. True Porsche fans will recognize the brand’s classic sweepback with the front end demonstrating a significantly reduced sculpting, reminiscent of the 918 Spyder and Porsche race cars. No one can take their gaze away from the car’s new kind of matrix LED highlights used in its usual four-point light scheme.

They’re integrated in such a way that they hover in the air inlet’s airflow, providing a futuristic charm to the front end. These four LED units are positioned to surround a flat sensor for assistance systems. Meanwhile, its border functions as an indicator light. You may see how its front wings and very low-cut bonnet were influenced by how the 911 was designed. Just like the 911 GT3 RS, the Mission E has a wide recess that begins from the overlapping front luggage compartment lid and goes up and over the roof.

Another similarity is in the line of the side windows but there’s a difference in how entry is allowed by two counter-opening doors but it doesn’t have a B-pillar. Another major difference is that rather than a classic door mirror, there are well-hidden cameras mounted on the sides that also improve aerodynamics.

Its rear design is another typical sports car feature. Meanwhile, it has a narrow cabin and a rearwind screen that has been accelerated. Because it is drawn inwardly at the rear, space is created for the sculpted rear wings that are unique to Porsche. Illuminated from inside is a three-dimensional “PORSCHE” badge that hovers under an arch of light that crosses the entire width in black glass.

Interior Design

The Mission E’s interior uses traditional design concepts with one major difference: they’ve all been moved into the future. It is evident in every aspect – the purist design, clean structure, daily practicality, openness, and driver orientation.

A full reinterpretation of the interior was made possible by the all-electric drive concept. Since it doesn’t have a transmission tunnel, more space is opened up and there’s a lighter atmosphere. The single seats were obviously inspired by race bucket seats. Because of the weight saved, occupants benefit as they get more lateral support in dynamic driving. The center console between the front seats has an elegant curve with open space beneath it and goes as far as the dashboard.

The Mission E’s interior uses traditional design concepts with one major difference: they’ve all been moved into the future. It is evident in every aspect – the purist design, clean structure, daily practicality, openness, and driver orientation.

A full reinterpretation of the interior was made possible by the all-electric drive concept. Since it doesn’t have a transmission tunnel, more space is opened up and there’s a lighter atmosphere. The single seats were obviously inspired by race bucket seats. Because of the weight saved, occupants benefit as they get more lateral support in dynamic driving. The center console between the front seats has an elegant curve with open space beneath it and goes as far as the dashboard.

Powertrain

While the Mission E’s drive system is totally new, it is a Porsche through and through and as such, is a motor racing expert. It features two synchronous motors (PSM) that are permanently-excited, comparable to those used in the 919 hybrid (the winner of this year’s Le Mans).

These allow the sports car to accelerate as well as recover braking energy. Porsche’s finish at the top 2 is enough proof of its top racing performance. With these two motors that have an output of more than 600hp, the Mission E can be driven up to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and can reach a speed of 200 km/h in shorter than 12 seconds. Its advantages include power density, high efficiency, and uniform power development.

What makes it different from the current electric drive systems is that it can generate full power even with numerous accelerations at short intervals. Having the ability to automatically distribute torque to the distinct wheels, the need-based all-wheel drive system with Porsche Torque Vectoring is able to transfer the drive system's power to the road. As a result, all-wheel steering provides precise and sporty steering in the chosen course. With these elements, the Mission E stands to excel in the circuit race track with a shorter than 8-second run at the North Loop of the Nürburgring. Aside from being passionately sporty, Porsche also offers a high degree of day-to-day functionality.

A full charge allows the Mission E to be driven more than 500 km. After being charged for less than 15 minutes, it will have enough power for about 400 km in additional range. For the first time ever, Porsche is at the front of innovations related to 800-volt technology. There are many benefits from doubling the voltage compared to the present electric vehicles that operate at 400 volts.

As a result, the car comes with shorter charging times and a reduced weight since the use of lighter, smaller gage copper cables is enough for energy transport. The charging port for the “Porsche Turbo Charging” system is accessed by a moveable body segment on the front left wing in front of the driver's door. A 15-minute charging time via the 800-volt port that results to an 80% capacity is a record for electric vehicles. However, there is an alternative. A connection can be made between the technology platform and a conventional 400-volt quick-charging station.

It may also be recharged at home in the garage through the convenient inductive charging by just parking over a coil implanted in the garage floor from which the energy is transported without cables to a coil on the car's underbody. It’s also typical for a Porsche sports car to be lightweight with a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution. Its battery, which is positioned in the underbody, is based on the most advanced lithium-ion technology and extends between the front and rear axles.

This results to a very good balance as it uniformly distributes its weight to the two drive axles. Furthermore, its center of gravity becomes extremely low. These two factors considerably improve performance and leads to a sports car feel. As a whole, the body is composed of a practical combination of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The Mission E’s wheels are made of carbon. Its wide tires are fixed on 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch wheels at the rear.

Press Release

Porsche Mission E: 600 hp, 500 km driving range, 15 minutes charging time

In presenting the Mission E at the IAA in Frankfurt, Porsche is introducing the first all-elec ­trically powered four-seat sports car in the brand's history. The concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Key specification data of this fascina ­ting sports car: four doors and four single seats, over 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acce ­leration in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms – highly oriented toward the driver by automati ­cally adjusting the displays to the driver's position.

Drive system: over 600 hp with technologies from endurance racing

The drive system of the Mission E is entirely new, yet it is typical Porsche, i.e. proven in motor racing. Two permanently-excited synchronous motors (PSM) – similar to those used in this year's Le Mans victor, the 919 hybrid – accelerate the sports car and recover bra ­king energy. The best proof of a Porsche is 24 hours of top racing performance and a 1-2 finish. Together the two motors produce over 600 hp, and they propel the Mission E to a speed of 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. In addition to their high efficiency, power density and uniform power development, they offer another advantage: unlike today's electric drive systems, they can develop their full power even after multiple accelerations at short intervals. The need-based all-wheel drive system with Porsche Torque Vectoring – which automatically distributes torque to the individual wheels – transfers the drive system's power to the road, and all-wheel steering gives pre ­cise, sporty steering in the desired direction. This makes the Mission E fit for the circuit race track; its lap time on the North Loop of the Nürburgring is under the eight-minute mark.

Everyday practicality: convenient and quick charging, over 500 km driving range

It is not just passionate sportiness that makes up a Porsche but also a high level of every ­day practicality. Accordingly, the Mission E can travel over 500 km on one battery charge, and it can be charged with enough energy for around 400 km more driving range in less than fifteen minutes. The reason: Porsche is a front-runner in introducing innovative 800-volt technology for the first time. Doubling the voltage – compared to today's electric vehicles that operate at 400 volts – offers multiple advantages: shorter charging times and lower weight, because lighter, smaller gage copper cables are sufficient for energy transport. A moveable body segment on the front left wing in front of the driver's door gives access to the charging port for the innovative “Porsche Turbo Charging” system. Via the 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in around 15 minutes – a record time for electric vehicles. As an alternative, the technology platform can be connec ­ted to a conventional 400-volt quick-charging station, or it can be replenished at home in the garage via convenient inductive charging by simply parking over a coil embedded in the floor of the garage from which the energy is transferred without cables to a coil on the car's underbody.

Low centre of gravity for superior driving dynamics

Another feature that is typical of a Porsche sports car is a lightweight concept with optimal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. The battery mounted in the car's underbody, which is based on the latest lithium-ion technology, runs the whole length between the front and rear axles. This distributes its weight to the two drive axles uniformly, resulting in excep ­tionally good balance. In addition, it makes the sports car's centre of gravity extremely low. Both of these factors significantly boost performance and a sports car feeling. The body as a whole is made up of a functional mix of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The wheels are made of carbon: the Mission E has wide tyres mounted on 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch wheels at the rear.

Design: fascinating sports car with Porsche DNA

Every square inch, every angle, every radius of the Mission E reflects one thing above all else: emotional sportiness in the best tradition of Porsche design The starting point is the sculpture of a sport saloon with a low height of 130 cm with sports car attributes from Zuffenhausen that embodies visible innovations such as its integrated aerodynamics. Distinc ­tive air inlets and outlets – on the front, sides and at the rear – typify the body's full flow-through design that enhances efficiency and performance. Integrated air guides improve air ­flow around the wheels, for instance, and air outlets on the sides reduce overpressure in the wheel wells, thereby reducing lift.

The much reduced sculpting of the front end shows a classic Porsche sweepback, and it relates the concept car to the 918 Spyder and Porsche race cars. A new type of matrix LED headlights in the brand's typical four-point light design captures the viewer's gaze. Integrated as an element hovering in the airflow of the air inlet, they lend a futuristic character to the front end. The four LED units are grouped around a flat sensor for assistance systems whose border serves as an indicator light. Distinctive front wings and an extremely low-cut bonnet reference 911 design. As in the 911 GT3 RS, a wide characteristic recess extends from the overlapping front luggage compartment lid up and over the roof. The line of the side windows is also similar to that of the 911, however, with one important difference: two counter-opening doors enable convenient entry – without a B-pillar. Another difference: in ­stead of the classic door mirror, inconspicuous cameras are mounted on the sides that con ­tribute to the car's exceptional aerodynamics.

The rear design underscores the typical sports car architecture. The lean cabin with its accelerated rear windscreen, which draws inward at the rear, creates space for the sculpted shape of the rear wings that only a Porsche can have. A three-dimensional “PORSCHE” badge illuminated from inside hovers beneath an arch of light that extends across the entire width in a black glass element.

Interior: light and open with four single seats

The interior of the Mission E transfers all of the traditional Porsche design principles into the future: openness, purist design, clean architecture, driver orientation and everyday practi ­cality. The all-electric drive concept made it possible to fully reinterpret the interior. The lack of a transmission tunnel, for instance, opens up space and gives a lighter and more airy atmosphere to the entire interior. Race bucket seats served as inspiration for the four single seats. Their lightweight design is weight-saving, and it gives occupants secure lateral support during dynamic driving. Between the front seats, the centre console – elegantly curved like a bridge with open space beneath it – extends up to the dashboard.

Display and control concept: intuitive, fast and free of distractions

A new world based on an innovative display and control concept opens up before the driver. It is intuitive, fast and free of distractions – created for the sports car of tomorrow. The fili ­gree driver's display is curved, low-profile and free-standing. The instrument cluster shows five round instruments – they can be recognized as Porsche, but they are displayed virtually in OLED technology, i.e. by organic light-emitting diodes. The round instruments are organized according to the driver-relevant themes of Connected Car, Performance, Drive, Energy and Sport Chrono. The controls are just as innovative. An eye-tracking system detects, via camera, which instrument the driver is viewing. The driver can then activate the menu of the instru ­ment in focus by pushing a button on the steering wheel and navigate in it – which also involves an interplay of eye-tracking and manual activation. But that is not all: the display 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 one side, the 3D display of the round instruments reacts and moves with the driver. This eliminates situations in which the steering wheel blocks the driver's view of certain key information, for instance. All relevant information such as vehicle speed is always within the driver's line of sight.

The Mission E can even portray driving fun: a camera mounted in the rear-view mirror recog ­nizes the driver's good mood and shows it as an emoticon in the round instrument. The fun factor can be saved together with individual information such as the route or speed, and it can be shared with friends via a social media link.

Holographic display with touch-free gesture control

The entire dashboard is chock full of new ideas. Its division into two three-dimensionally structuring layers reinforces the impression of lightness and clarity. The upper layer inte grates the driver's display, and between the levels there is a holographic display that extends far into the passenger's side. It shows individually selectable apps, which are stacked in virtual space and arranged by priority with a three-dimensional effect. The driver – or passenger – can use these apps to touch-free control primary functions such as media, navigation, cli ­mate control, contacts and vehicle. The desired symbol is activated by gestures that are detected by sensors. A grasping gesture means select, while pulling means control. More ­over, driver or passenger can use a touch display on the centre console to control secon ­dary functions such as detailed information menus.

The concept vehicle can also be configured externally from a tablet via Porsche Car Connect. Using “Over the Air and Remote Services” the driver can essentially change the functional content of the vehicle overnight. A simple update via the integrated high-speed data module is all it takes to implement the travel guide or additional functions for the chassis, engine or infotainment system. The driver can use a smartphone or tablet to start updates con ­veniently from the Porsche Connect Store. Furthermore, Porsche Connect enables direct contact to a Porsche Centre for remote diagnostics or to schedule appointments. Another function of integrated Remote Services is the digital key, which can be sent via the Porsche Connect Portal. It not only lets the owner open the doors, but also other persons authorized by the owner such as friends or family. After successful authentication, the key can be used within a specific time frame and defined location.

The virtual exterior mirrors are literally eye-catching. The lower corners of the windscreen show the images of the outside cameras that are mounted in the front wings. The benefits: the driver gets a better view of images and the surroundings, and safety information can also be actively displayed there.

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