Behind the Lines of the Porsche Mission E

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When Porsche dropped their all-electric Mission E concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, you could hear jaws dropping from across the Atlantic. But that’s no accident, as you can see in the video below.

Inside and out, the video takes you behind the scenes of the initial conception, trough the building phase, all the way up to the car’s triumphant debut.

In order to create a four seat sports car with an all-electric drive system, Porsche’s Mission E design team first had to come up with the look, something that would not only reflect Porsche’s indelible past, but also predict future design language. After sketching their little fingers off, the designers created a 1:3 scale model to get the proportions. Then they had to figure out how to build it.

The team ultimately built a basic chasis combined with Boxster E electrical bits and pieces, so as to have a real, driveable demonstration model.

Since there’s no engine in front of the car, and they didn’t need huge air intakes, the team could design a low, clean front end, which takes styling cues from ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Porsches, while also adopting lines from the 919 race car. And what they did with the air intakes around the headlights is worthy of a design award in its own right.

The video goes into much further depth about just went into creating the future of electric mobility. But perhaps the biggest indication that the Mission E’s designers nailed it is the fact that the Porsche Mission E has been green lit for production, hopefully by the end of the decade.

So Tesla, enjoy yourselves while you still can.

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