Porsche is celebrating 75 years of sports cars, as June 8, 1948 was the day the very first 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster became the first automobile to wear the name Porsche and receive its general operating permit. This was, for all intents and purposes, the birth of the sports car brand.
So Porsche had a think about what their next chapter might look like, and it seems like it could resemble this: The Mission X hypercar concept. A (theoretically) road legal electric rocket ship inspired by previous icons including the 959, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder.
Porsche calls this a design study, but use the delicious wording, "if this goes to production". Porsche, do we get a vote?
If the final answer is yes, Porsche claims the Mission X should:
Porsche says the "e-core" layout is meant to mimic a mid-engined weight distribution, and the use of "carbon-fibre reinforced plastic" should reduce weight and ensure this car delivers dynamically.
If this does make it to showrooms, don't expect a street legal Le Mans car to be cheap. It would join the Lotus Evija and Rimac Nevera two electric hypercars already on the scene who both have a price of approximately $2,200,000. That's right, that's the right amount of zeros. No word yet on what this Porsche might cost. That's not really the point though, is it? These cars are a technology showcase and a design brief for other models to follow. The performance these cars chase has a funny way of finding its way to our driveways one way or another eventually.
And like most of Porsche's daydreams, it's a beautiful thing, isn't it?
We can dream.