Porsche recently celebrated its 75th anniversary by revealing the Mission X hypercar. However it should be noted that the Porsche Mission X is a concept car, it’s a celebratory pat on the back, a job well-done, a point of inspiration. Porsche has no plans to put the Mission X into production. Although technical details are vague we do know that Mission X is an all-electric hypercar targeting 1,500bhp with a power to weight ratio of 1,500kg, conceptually achievable on paper but the reality is far different.
While there have been significant advancements in EV battery technology over the past decade, it’s important to acknowledge that batteries still remain one of the heaviest components in electric vehicles. This poses a challenge for electric sports cars, where lightweight construction is crucial for achieving optimal performance.
In order for Porsche, or any automaker, to meet the ambitious benchmarks set in conceptual designs, a substantial leap forward in EV battery technology would be necessary. Advancements on the scale of an order of magnitude would be required to realize these performance goals in real-world scenarios.
To date, no car manufacturer or supplier of EV batteries has successfully developed lightweight batteries that provide an equivalent range to their heavier counterparts. While advancements in battery technology have improved the energy density and overall performance of EV batteries, achieving a balance between weight reduction and range capability remains a challenge.
The quest for lightweight batteries with extended mileage continues to be a key focus of research and development efforts within the automotive industry. That being said, the Porsche Mission X is a concept and as the lead designer says, we can all dream.