Tesla Model S rival has over 600bhp and more than 300 miles of range – and a production version is on the way. Porsche has stolen the limelight at this year’s Frankfurt motor show with the unveiling of this spectacular new 600bhp plus electric-powered concept car – the Mission E.
Drawing on the electric drive and energy storage know-how gained in the development of the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car, along with the lightweight construction and battery technology created for the 918 Spyder hypercar, the sleek new four-door concept is claimed to closely preview an innovative new
Telsa Model S rival that’s being readied for launch before the end of the decade.
911 Turbo pace
With a 0-62mph time to challenge the latest 911 Turbo and a claimed range of more than 331 miles, the Mission E holds true to Porsche’s practical performance mantra, while also taking a nod to the future with the latest in 800 volt recharging technology and full zero-emission compatibility.
“We always said that when we do an electric car, it would be a true sportscar. We also said it would offer the performance traditional Porsche buyers demand,” said Wolfgang Hatz, head of research and development, at the unveiling of the Mission E on Monday evening, adding, “We have achieved both goals, while providing it with everyday practicality and an exceptional range.”
Power for the four-wheel drive Mission E is provided by two electric motors – one mounted up front acting on the front axle and one at the rear providing drive to the rear wheels. Produced in-house, both units run in a permanent synchronous state for what Hatz describes as “uniform power development for reliably reproducible accelerative ability” and “greater scope for energy recuperation”.
The German car maker is yet to reveal the individual power loadings for each motor, but confirms a combined output of over 600bhp. This provides the new concept with at least 80bhp more than the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre six cylinder 911 Turbo – the fastest-accelerating production Porsche.
With a kerb weight of over 2000kg, the Mission E is claimed to hit 62mph from standstill in 3.5sec – or just 0.1sec shy of the 911 Turbo’s official time. Porsche also quotes a 0-200km/h time of less than 12.0sec for its new concept, which uses an on-demand four-wheel drive system in which the front wheels are driven only during acceleration, under hard driving or on slippery road surfaces. An electronically controlled torque-vectoring function also automatically distributes drive to each individual rear wheel for improved handling balance.
Hatz describes the handling of the Mission E as “typically rear biased”. He also says computer simulations suggest it is capable of lapping the Nurburgring circuit in less than eight minutes – a time that places it on a similar performance plane to the Cayman S.
With 682bhp, the £79,080 Tesla Model S P85D possesses a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.2sec.
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- LinkedIn profile for Jamie Carlson shows he has left Tesla for Apple
- He worked of firm’s self driving car software
- Apple believed to be searching for location to test autonomous vehicles
Apple has hired a senior engineer from Elon Musk’s electric car maker Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple’s effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.
A LinkedIn profile for Jamie Carlson shows that he has left Tesla and moved to Apple.
At least six others with experience developing self-driving technology and systems have joined Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles.
Attempts to reach all seven people were unsuccessful and Apple declined to comment.
Sources have said that Apple is developing a car and studying self-driving technology, but it is unclear if the iPhone maker is designing a vehicle that could drive itself.
Since January, Apple has hired Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) engineer with expertise in automated driving, and Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, a hub of automated driving research.
In August, Apple hired Xianqiao Tong, an engineer who developed computer vision software for driver assistance systems at microchip maker Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O).
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple hired Paul Furgale, former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, earlier this year.
So-called advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, handle tasks such as keeping a vehicle in a lane or driving by itself in stop-and-go traffic, and they are considered the building blocks for self-driving cars.
According to Carlson’s LinkedIn profile, he joined Apple in August in an unnamed position in a special projects group.
Through July, Carlson was an engineer on Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving car program, and before that he worked on automotive vision systems for Michigan-based supplier Gentex Corp.
Other Apple hires since September 2014 with similar experience have worked at automakers BMW , Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co, automotive suppliers Delphi Automotive, Robert B.
Among those hired last fall were Sanjai Massey, an engineer with experience in developing connected and automated vehicles at Ford and several suppliers; Stefan Weber, a former Bosch engineer with experience in video-based driver assistance systems, and Lech Szumilas, a former Delphi research scientist with expertise in computer vision and object detection.
Tesla and Apple have long been involved in what many have called a ‘poaching war’ when it comes to self-driving cars. Although, Tesla CEO Elon Musk
has poached 5 times as many employees from Apple as Apple has from Tesla. Musk also commented that he ‘hopes’ Apple will enter the car market.
Eye-catching, sleek, incorporating Apple‘s trademark sleek design, these are what the world’s graphic designers believe an iCar could look like.
Refuelling rumours the tech giant’s next big project is to bring a self-driving car to market, documents obtained by the Guardian say the company is searching for a location to test the autonomous vehicles to rival designs already manufactured by Google.
In May, engineers met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco, in a bid to set up a high-security site.
In a correspondence obtained by the newspaper through a public records request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote: ‘We would … like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].’
The company did not confirm whether this was the case while others involved in the deal would not shed further light on the details.
‘We don’t know. They haven’t said what they want to test. It could be an iPhone,’ joked Jack Hall, program manager for connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, which is operated by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
The agency is promoting a portion of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station as an ideal testing facility for carmakers and tech companies working on automotive technology.
‘It’s got all the infrastructure of a city,’ Hall said of the facility. ‘There are buildings, streets and intersections, but no people.’
The 5,000-acre site has 20 miles of paved roads, including overpasses, tunnels and railroad crossings, according to the agency’s website, which calls it ‘the largest secure test facility in the world.’ Another 7,600 acres of the former navy base is now used as a shipping terminal by the U.S. Army.
GoMentum Station already has an agreement with Honda, which plans to test automated vehicle systems there.
Hall said his agency hopes to partner with other companies for testing self-driving cars and ‘connected vehicles’ — cars that use the Internet and local networks to exchange a variety of information with other devices and vehicles.
Apple has ‘shown interest’ in the facility but has not reached any agreement for testing there, Hall said. Company representatives have not actually visited yet, he said.
The Guardian also quoted another official at the transportation authority who said Apple insisted on a non-disclosure agreement which barred him from saying any more.
A number of automakers and tech companies, including Google, are working on new designs for autonomous and electric-powered vehicles.
In February, The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources who said Apple is working on designs for an electric vehicle to be sold under the Apple brand.
Analysts say Apple has the financial wherewithal and ambition to pursue such a project, although some believe it’s more likely interested in developing software for use in cars made by other companies.
Other evidence of Apple’s interest in cars has surfaced in recent months, including a lawsuit in which a Massachusetts startup working on electric car batteries accused Apple of poaching some of its engineers. The lawsuit has since been settled.
Ok, we have seen it before. Its a small solar panel that sat on the spoiler on LEAF models. See, it powers enough for the on-board computer and general system.
Its nothing new. its all possible. why don##Q##t other manufacturers do it?
A little pre-story. Indeed at present the 17% efficient solar panels are miles away from delivering enough power to charge the car, under ideal direct-sun conditions.
The latest news from Tech is that Sanyo lab has somewhat breakthrough and managed to deliver 32% efficient Solar panel prototypes. Again, i could be wrong, they could be wrong, and this is all pixie magic for time being. Alas “don##Q##t loose hope” is the point.
That certainly would help.
At present Car could be fitted with flexible or plain mono-crystalline solar panels.
In fact, Citroen##Q##s roof could take several of those.
Solar panels: average size we##Q##re talking about 60w is 805*535*35mm
Having them paired in 4 or 6 sets, would allow roof to generate upto 300w ~ in ideal sunny conditions (im not giving you hopes that we live in california and thus it would suffice), not often, granted, but when car is stationery over weekend?, every little helps.
Argument for the value of Solar Power
Typical charge ~ 3kw/hour
Approximates to some 10 miles/hour charging speed.
Solar panel at 300w is 1/10th power, would deliver near 1 mile/hour.
Granted, not a lot, but this does add-up. a typical sunny summer day will give you some 14 hours of sunlight (cloud light) which could average down to some 8-10 miles?
Thats not tooo shabby, considering I am having to count every single drop of juice and whether to air-con, or Not to air-con.
Who knows, maybe R&D at Sanyo will get into production, and that would effectively double the charging capacity for the example above.
In the day thats reasonable 16 miles?! Game on!
That pays for own travel! (at least 1.5 way for me)