2020 Porsche 99X Formula E Electric Racer
Porsche returns to single-seater racing after a +30-year hiatus this year as it embarks on a new adventure in Formula E, the world’s top EV racing series. The factory-backed Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team will field a pair of Porsche 99X Electric cars for Messrs Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer, both formerly part of the company’s LMP1 program. Expect to see this 335-horsepower red, white, and black beast battle at the sharp end of the field in the 2019-2020 season that’ll kick-off later this year.
Porsche halted its involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, where it raced in the top-flight LMP1 class with a pair of hybridized 1,000-horsepower prototypes, to race in Formula E. The German automaker will thus move forward in its quest towards electrification by competing in the first all-electric racing series in the world with a car powered by a 900-volt battery, just like the 2021 Taycan sedan. But you’d rather see Batman ride in this low-flying spacecraft than the Taycan and that’s why Porsche hopes to garner a new, younger, and tech-savvy crowd through its participation in the eco-friendly championship.
Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.
It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.
Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.
But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.
Updated 10/28/2019: The 2021 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo was spotted testing in the wild once again with some minor changes as it moves closer to its launch for the 2021 model year. Check out the latest images in our spy shots section below!
2020 Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is an all-electric sports sedan based on the Mission E concept. It’s also Porsche’s first-ever production electric car, designed to go against the Tesla Model S. Previewed by the Mission E concept, the Taycan sports design features borrowed from the show car, but also includes styling features seen on the Panamera sedan and 911 sports car. Powered by a couple of electric motors, the Taycan generates in excess of 700 horsepower in its range-topping version.
While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. Porsche took full advantage of this and designed a sleeker Panamera that’s notably more powerful and quicker. Granted, it’s not as spectacular as the Mission E concept, but it’s definitely an exotic appearance even when compared to full-fledged sports cars. However, does it have what it takes to compete with the Tesla Model S? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.
Updated 10/14/2019: Porsche added a new member to its Taycan lineup. The new Taycan 4S has been announced in two different battery configurations. Check the Drivetrain section for more details.
2020 Porsche Taycan by Hennessey
Hennessey is famous far and wide for its fully loaded tuning programs for some of the finest performance cars in the world. That’s a reputation the tuning company has earned after 30 years of delivering goods packed with jacked and juiced V-8 engines that oftentimes defy our imaginations. But just as Hennessey’s reputation for these programs is iron-clad, the tuner isn’t afraid to test the waters in other areas of the aftermarket world. Well, it’s doing just that after announcing plans to create an aftermarket program for an electric car. Mind you, this isn’t your typical electric car project, either. Hennessey isn’t creating a program for the Nissan Leaf. Instead, the tuner is setting its sights on the Porsche Taycan. As far as ambitious projects go, this one’s right up there for Hennessey, though if there’s one tuner that can pull it off, my money’s on John Hennessey and his boys. Prepare to enter a new world of EV tuning, folks. This is going to be good.
Porsche is set to launch a crossover-styled version of the Taycan. It will be based on the Mission E Cross Turismo, will be more off-road-worthy, and will be the third official model in the Taycan range.
It won’t differ too much from the concept, featuring mainly detail changes, but the same overall body and design. Some details, like the mirrors, the roof, and the rear light cluster will be different, as we’ve seen on Taycan sedan prototypes that are currently undergoing testing.
The Taycan sedan will be revealed sometime in 2019 and hit the market in 2020, so the Taycan crossover should debut sometime after the turn of the decade.
2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept.
2021 Porsche Taycan GTS
In case you hadn’t heard, let me be the first to tell you – Porsche is building a four-door all-electric sports sedan, and it’s called the Mission E. Don’t worry, it’ll have all the go-fast characteristics you’d expect, just without the internal combustion to make it go. In fact, it should draw a good deal of its tech from the hybrid goodness developed for the Panamera and 918 Spyder, so that’s a plus. But, as we all know, Porsche isn’t satisfied to make just a single version of any one model. Multiple variants are required to fill every niche possible, so what about an even-faster Mission E? We’re calling it the Mission E GTS, and we decided to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review to boot. Upgrades over the standard Mission E should include more aggressive exterior styling, lots of black trim pieces, more performance gear inside, a bigger battery, extra horsepower, and standard performance suspension.
The EV performance market is looking to balloon pretty rapidly over the next few years, and you can bet your lithium-ion battery pack Porsche will be there to take advantage of that growth. Read on for the details.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2021 Porsche Mission E GTS.
Until 2009, Porsche had nothing to do with electrification, still using flat-six, V-8, and V-10 engines across its lineup. But in five years, the Germans made a huge leap forward in the hybrid world, launching four models that combined internal combustion engines with electric motors. The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, 2009 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, and the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid all signaled that Porsche is embracing the future, on both the road and the race track. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche launched its very first full-electric vehicle, in the form of a four-door concept car.
Meet the Mission E, the Porsche that lacks the growl of a race-bred gasoline engine, but delivers outstanding performance that rivals that of the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D.
Futuristic by design, impressively quick, and quite practical thanks to its four-seat configuration and good driving range, the Mission E is the kind of concept I wish Porsche would approve for production as soon as tomorrow. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen very soon given the amount of experimental technology it comes with, but it does signal Porsche’s intent to offer an EV at some point. Keep reading for the full rundown.
Updated 03/30/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which it explains how the Concept Study Mission E was built. Hit "play" to learn more about the concept’s exterior and interior design.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Mission E.
Reports have been swirling around about Porsche exploring the possibility of building a model that will rival the wildly successful Tesla Model S. The Stuttgart automaker has remained pretty mum on the topic, but then it has always preferred to keep things a secret as long as it can. Now, a new report from the folks at Car Magazine claims that Porsche is hard at work on this project, which is internally codenamed the 717, and it passed on some information regarding its status.
The source of this information is kept under wraps, so it is hard to determine what information is actually from the source and what info Car pulled from thin air. Giving Porsche’s love of secrecy, I am leaning toward most of Car’s information being pure speculation. That said, I took the time to sort through all of it and pull out what I thought was on the mark, and add in some speculation of my own on the 717.
Click past the jump to read my preview on the Porsche 717.
Note: Porsche Panamera pictured here.
When the Porsche Boxster E prototypes were announced back in February, we didn’t think we would hear too much about them for awhile. Prototypes can undergo testing for a long time before the vehicles actually make their first appearance, but Porsche proved that it is yet again ahead in the game by introducing the electric sports car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to ride around in the vehicle and it seems that the electric Boxster illustrated that Porsche is fully capable of creating an electric sports car that can still drive like a Porsche. We’re certainly intrigued.
The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.
Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster E.
In 2008 Ruf was unveiling the eRUF concept - a vehicle built under the "Emotion without Emission" logo.
It the first prototype to lead the technical development away from the combustion engine. Actually, for the first time an electric motor is being used which comes to fitting into the Ruf
model range. But this was just an experimental vehicle, as one year later, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show Ruf brought the eRUF Greenster - a model that will go on sale by the end of 2010.
The eRuf Greenster features an electric drive train systems developed by Siemens. It is a central motor with a power output of 270 kW and 950 Nm of torque, but the following version will be produced as a small series with Ruf as a double-motor concept with the innovative integral eDrive. As such, the eRUF will be the world’s first electric vehicle fitted with a bi-directional network connection.
The eRUF Greenster has an autonomy of 250 kilometers (or 320 with an enlarged battery block). It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in approx. 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Press release after the jump.