The Mission X is a two-seater car with a bold look. It will be shown for the first time on June 8, 2023, the day before the “75 Years of Porsche Sports Cars” exhibition opens at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. On June 8, 1948, 75 years ago, the 356 “No. 1” Roadster became the first car with the Porsche name to get a general operating pass. This is where the sports car’s name got its start.
“The Porsche Mission X is a signpost for the sports car of the future in terms of technology. It carries on the tradition of famous sports cars from the past few decades. “Like the 959, the Carrera GT, and the 918 Spyder before it, the Mission X is a key driver in the evolution of future vehicle concepts,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Daring to dream and dream cars are two sides of the same coin for us.”
“The Mission X is a clear commitment to the brand’s core,” says Michael Mauer, Head of Style at Porsche. The way our brand and products keep getting better at expressing themselves is a big part of how we decide how to make our series-production models. The idea study shows how motorsport DNA and a luxurious overall look can work together.
The Mission X concept study is a fairly small hypercar. It is about 4.5 meters long and 2 meters wide. It has the exact measurements as the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, with a wheelbase of 2.73 meters. For better aerodynamics, the ideal car has wheels of different sizes. The front wheels are 20 inches and the back wheels are 21 inches.
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Design: Reinterpretations of classic brand features
Mission X is the best example of how speed and modern luxury can come together. At the same time, it’s sculpted shape and muscular lines show that hypercars don’t have to look threatening. Rocket Metallic, an elegant paint color made just for the concept study, covers the low-slung chassis, which is less than 1.2 meters tall. Below the beltline, there are design features with a carbon-weave finish. These parts are coated with a satin finish, which makes them slightly colored, but you can still see how they are made.
The wheels of the concept study have a lot of small details. For example, the rear axle has aero blades that are almost clear and are shaped like fans to help cool the brakes.
Over the two people is a lightweight glass shell with an exoskeleton made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The doors are in the style of a Le Man’s race car. They are connected to the A-pillar and the roof and open forward and up. This kind of door was once on the famous race car Porsche 917. The light mark is another thing that stands out. For Mission X, the designers rethought the typical Porsche four-point graphic.
The vertical base shape of the headlights was inspired by old race cars like the Porsche 906 and 908 and was drawn well down towards the road. The LED light modules are framed by a high-tech support structure that shows the narrow parts of the daytime running lights and indicators. When you turn on the morning, it opens up like an eye. When the headlights are fully lit, they make a strong statement.
The Mission X is the first car to have the updated Porsche logo.
The back of Mission X has a long light unit that looks like it is floating. One feature that stands out is the Porsche writing which is see-through and lit up. The artistic rear light comes out of a modern support structure and looks like it’s floating in the air. It spans the whole width of the car in four parts. While the vehicle is charging, the ‘E’ in Porsche pulses, giving it a mysterious feel.
The updated Porsche logo, which makes its first appearance on the Mission X, is a special touch. When you look closely, you can see that the new Porsche crest is different from the one that came before it. It is made of brushed precious metal, has a three-dimensional honeycomb structure, an updated heraldic beast, and a more subdued gold color. The polished crest shows what Porsche is all about with its cleaner and more modern design. It can be seen on Mission X’s hood and steering wheel, as well as in black and white on the wheel hubs.
The interior’s colors and asymmetry show a driver-centered design. Seat colors vary. The driver’s seat, center panel, and dashboard are Kalahari Grey, however, the leather pads are Andalusia Brown. The Andalusia Brown passenger seat stands out. The monocoque’s CFRP seat shells, six-point seatbelts, and open-top steering wheel with mode switches and shift paddles are racing-inspired. Cameras are aboard. Recording begins when the driver presses REC on the multi-purpose controller.
On the passenger side, there is a bayonet system built into the instrument panel, which can be used to connect a stopwatch module. Porsche Design made a special stopwatch module for the Mission X that has both an analog and a digital monitor. The clocks are made for both the racecourse and the rally, and they can show the driver’s lap times and other important information.
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Technically speaking, it gets the best grades for power-to-weight ratio, downforce, and charging ability.
Porsche is a leader in both e-performance and green transportation. The idea study does a good job of meeting both goals. The plans: If Mission X is made into a TV show, then it should
- be the fastest car that can be driven on the road around the Nürburgring Nordschleife;
- have an amount of power to weight of about 1 PS per kilogram;
- achieve downforce levels that are much higher than what the standard 911 GT3 RS can do;
- offer much better charging performance with its 900-volt system design and charge about twice as fast as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which is the current frontrunner.
The battery is put in the middle of the back of the seats. This “e-core layout” puts the car’s weight in the middle. As with a regular mid-engined car, this gives the car a good foundation for good handling.