Porsche Exec: Unlike Tesla Model S, Mission E Can Be Pushed To The Max Over & Over Again
Recently, Automobile magazine spoke with a Porsche engineer not directly involved with the Mission E. The engineer told Automobile that the Mission E will be “something special.” He added that it’s “a true Porsche through and through.”
Would we expected anything less from Porsche?
Automobile got in touch with a “product manager from Porsche” too. Though his/her name wasn’t disclosed, the source stated:
“It’ll be something entirely different than any of its competitors, across the board. The thing about [Tesla’s] Ludicrous mode is that it’s a façade. Two launches saps the whole battery. That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck.”
It’s long been known that the Tesla Model S struggles to keep its power up in on-track situations. Overheating seems to be the culprit and Porsche says its Mission E won’t have this issue.
“Based on what we’ve seen on the Mission E concept, the production version will benefit from technology derived from the 919 hybrid race car. The concept makes more than 600 hp using two electric motors, sending it off silently into oblivion in less than 3.5 seconds. Thanks to patented Porsche tech like all-wheel steering and torque-vectoring, it’ll lap the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes.”
There apparently will be lower-end Mission Es offered as well:
“While a 600-hp version may be offered at the top of the range, Porsche will likely offer two lower tiers making 500 hp and 400 hp as well, according to AUTOMOBILE European bureau chief Georg Kacher.”
While power and performance seem to be buttoned up, range is proving problematic. As Automobile explains:
“From what we’ve heard, the biggest hurdle is the Mission E’s range. The concept version was estimated at 310 miles, and it recharges using an integrated capacitive charging technology in the underbelly, with wireless charging capability, that can reach 80 percent of a full charge in 15 minutes.”
The Porsche Mission E is expected to go into production in 2019.
Some known details on the Mission E (F1) include:
- 500 km (310 mile) all-electric range
- 0-100 km (62 mph) in “under 3.5 seconds“
- over 600 hp (440 kW) via two motors
- 4 seats
- 200 kmh (124 mph) in under 12 seconds.