Porsche reveals more details about the potential successor to the 918 Spyder | Taza Khabre

Key findings

  • The production version of the Mission X concept will likely have all-wheel drive and will only be available with left-hand drive.

  • Conceptual design elements are realistic and likely to reach production.

  • All-wheel drive in the serial version may be needed to recover the range and cope with the huge power of the hypercar.

Speaking to local media during the Mission X concept’s Australian public debut, Porsche executives revealed more information about what the production version will look like. Porsche has never officially committed to a production version, and given the goals it has set for a potential replacement for the 918 Spyder, that’s not surprising. By the way, those goals include a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, a mid-mounted battery pack, and “significantly more downforce than the current 911 GT3 RS.”

Company executives have now revealed more details, including that the vehicle will likely send power to all four wheels and will probably only be available in left-hand drive.

Reasons for AWD and LHD

Speaking during a preview of the concept at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, project manager Michael Baer explained why the car will likely only get one-sided steering:

“It’s more difficult to have two versions. If you only do the right-hand version, that’s fine because you have a limited number of cars (for fewer markets) … (but) if there are two versions, it’s much more difficult. So I think it’s going to be one version, and I think it’s left-handed.”

Although the all-electric architecture seems to suggest a reduction in complexity, it is worth remembering that this is a hypercar, and there is no need to waste space. Walking noted similar requirements when discussing the design direction of future McLaren supercars. Behr added that the wheelbase may change slightly, but the basic shape will remain from the concept, as will many other elements.

Realistic design

Kai Leibrandt, head of design surfaces at Porsche, said the concept doesn’t show anything that’s unlikely to go into production: “Everything we do in our concept cars is about what we want to make production and usable and (responsible for) the legislative power.” Even those fancy doors have a purpose, he added, integrating glass to reduce weight and increase interior space.

“If we have a regular roof, even with a small glass panel overhead, then we need some kind of metal strip that goes just outside and that will actually limit your head (room). And one of our goals is that this car can be driven with a helmet. If you’ve ever driven a 918 with a helmet, it’s very tight.”

Leibrandt added that the air is “very similar” to what you’d see in the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer or even today’s rival 963 Le Mans Hypercar: “There’s no cooling at the front of the car and it’s all at the back of the car. car.” This allows the front end to be shaped for pure aerodynamic advantage without any concessions to any equipment not related to the front axle. Speaking of…


AWD will be necessary, but not for traction

According to Baer, ​​the Mission X concept drives only the rear wheels, but the production version may need all-wheel drive. Given the massive output expected (potentially in the region of 1,500 horsepower), it would be reasonable to assume that an all-wheel drive system would be the most beneficial for traction. However, Baer suggested that four-wheel drive would be necessary to restore range.


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“This car is a two-wheeler and we have done a lot of simulations since 2016 for the future sports car (…). And there’s really no difference between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, just one: It’s an electric car, and you need an all-wheel drive car to recover a lot of energy to have more range on the Nordschleife, not just for one lap, but maybe three laps.” .

That’s all well and good, but when will the car arrive? As Porsche previously said, a decision has yet to be made, but Behr says the decision will be “commercial, not technical.” This suggests that Zuffenhausen expects to be able to hit all of its targets – it just doesn’t know if there’s enough of a market for Porsche’s all-electric hypercar.

Porsche Mission X Concept

Source: WhichCar?

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