Porsche is completely committed to the development of electric technology for use in competition, and the latest proof of this is the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, a model whose technology is a direct inheritance of the conceptual Porsche Mission R that the German firm presented months ago .
From that prototype, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance inherits its entire electrical scheme, while it is built around the chassis of a current 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (although it is 14 centimeters wider than this). With the intention of generating as few emissions as possible, its bodywork is made up mostly of natural fiber, among others, while also making use of recycled carbon fiber with which the brand is experimenting for the first time.
Beyond the power figures and dynamic performance, one piece of information stands out that it is capable of achieving thanks to its 900 V nominal voltage electrical system, since it manages to replace 5 to 80% of its battery in just 15 minutes. This is a key aspect in the field of competition, since it allows you to replenish energy in a relatively measured time to return to the track as soon as possible.
Unlike the Mission R, which was a concept car, Porsche defines the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance as “a test vehicle”. From the concept, the GT4 ePerformance takes the technology of the electric motor and battery, which can exceed 1,000 hp (735 kW) in qualifying mode and which it transmits to all four wheels thanks to its all-wheel drive scheme.
According to Porsche, in race simulations it delivers a constant 612 hp (450 kW) for 30 minutes. Duration that has been designed to adapt, for example, to that of a Porsche Carrera Cup test. Although it is true that they have not given figures for time and maximum speed, the brand says that the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is just as fast than the current 911 GT3 Cup (992).
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance will dynamically train on the famous 1.9 kilometer climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place in the UK from June 23 to 26, 2022. Afterwards, its second appearance will be the August 20, 2022, and will take place at Porsche’s own factory in Leipzig on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.
Beyond the spectacular concept and the benefits it achieves, the truth is that this type of project marks the future of Porsche’s electric street cars, a type of car that by 2030 according to the manufacturer’s forecasts should account for 80% of your sales.