We are getting a few interesting glimpses into the development program of Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E, lately.
Now we get to see the car speeding around the Nürburgring race track.
Last month, Porsche was spotted benchmarking Mission E test mules with Tesla’s vehicles.
While they have been using Tesla vehicles in their development program, it doesn’t mean that they are aiming for similar specs.
The German automaker has been hinting at making the Mission E fit the race track performance expectations of Porsche customers.
All-electric vehicles have unbeatable torque and they are great for quick bursts of acceleration, but sustaining high-speed for long periods of time is not their force.
For example, Tesla’s performance vehicles never really achieved great times on the Nürburgring race track has its power output gets limited the longer it is pushed. The battery pack and drive units need to be cooled in order to achieve the greatest possible output.
Tesla’s vehicles are simply not tuned for this kind of performance, but other electric vehicles are.
Earlier this year, we saw NIO’s EP9 all-electric race car beat every production car ever with a Nurburgring lap record of 6:45.90.
Now Porsche is also taking its Mission test mule to Nürburgring for testing. The vehicle was caught on video last week:
Obviously, this is a test mule without the real Mission E body but instead only the electric powertrain. We can even see the tailpipes on the vehicle. We got a better look at the latest prototype at Porsche’s recent Mission E event in Norway last month.
It’s only a few seconds of footage, but the vehicle seems to be moving well on the track. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
Porsche only revealed a few specs about the Mission E, like “over 310 miles of range” (500 km) NEDC, which is likely closer to around 250 miles of real-world range, and a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds.
That was first announced in 2015 when the German automaker unveiled the concept. The production vehicle is expected to enter the market in 2019. We are hoping for few surprises with the production specs.