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Porsche Mission E undergoes winter testing

evo staff
7 Dec 2017

Porsche’s future EV saloon has been spotted during winter testing

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Porsche continues to test its Telsa S rivalling Mission E electric sports saloon ahead of its 2019 launch. Having been spotted on the road in Germany and at the Nürburgring, the test team has now decamped to colder climes for some cold weather testing.

Cold weather testing is crucial to all new car development, but for the Mission E it will allow Porsche to prove the durability of its electric powertrain in such a harsh environment.

The latest images follow the electric supersaloon’s testing stint at the Nürburgring. The whole undertray had been suckered with foam-like fins – the exact purpose of which was unknown. We’d guess it was an exercise in aerodynamic discovery; monitoring the air pressure and lift produced under the car at high speeds.

Recording these metrics would've allowed engineers to determine the effectiveness of the two aero devices fitted to the car: the rear diffuser, and active rear-wing which we haven’t seen  before. Both will have the task of counteracting any lift – that would compromise grip and traction –  generated by the electrified Porsche.

The Porsche Misson E Concept caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, leading to Porsche's announcement that it would build a production version. The Mission E remains faithful to the concept's low, sleek styling. The suicide rear doors have gone, but otherwise the low bonnet line, upright front intake and full width slit tail lights are all correct and present. 

Porsche has revealed that the production version of the Mission E will have an impressive headline range figure of up to 500 kilometers, and will and will be able to charge its batteries to 80 per cent capacity in just 15 minutes.

This fast charging capability will be via Porsche’s Turbo Charging, an accumulator-based fast charging system, which is capable of achieving charging speeds of up to 320KW per vehicle.

This tech has been previewed the form of a Porsche Cayman-based technology study vehicle introduced at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart.

Mission E Concept specifications

Power for the Mission E Concept car is quoted at 592bhp courtesy of two electric motors, with a technical makeup similar to those utilised in the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car. 0-62mph is dealt with 3.5sec, and 0-124mph is dispatched in ‘under 12 seconds’.

The electric platform is supposedly capable of propelling the Porsche round the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes. Incidentally, the electric range is rated at 311 miles putting it on par with Tesla Model S P90D. Equipped with an 800-volt charger unit, 80 per cent of the full range can be replenished in 15 minutes, the car also has the provision for wireless charging.

Starting with the first Cayenne hybrid in 2010, Porsche has embarked on an electrification strategy in preparation for governmental regulations and consumer demands, which has since birthed the 918 Spyder and electrified Panamera and Cayenne models as well as the 919 Hybrid racer. 

By putting the Mission E project into production, the German sports car maker is making a significant commitment to the technology – as well as investing 700 million Euros at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, and creating more than a thousand new jobs. Work on Porsche’s manufacturing facility will create a new paint shop, a new assembly plant, and changes to the engine factory to accommodate electric propulsion production.

It would be remiss not to note that Porsche’s announcement comes not long after parent company Volkswagen’s scandal over diesel emissions.

With VW already promising renewed focus into cleaner methods of propulsion, it seems logical that Porsche would follow suit – though media attention on American firm Tesla has also prompted several manufacturers to take a closer look at electric performance cars.

Importantly though, Porsche seems determined not to lose its roots in the move toward electric power. ‘We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility,’ said Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board. ‘Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.’ Watch out, Tesla.

Watch our preview video for the Porsche Mission E Concept below:

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