The future of automotive engineering is closer than we think. Porsche has been tasked with paving the way for a whole new fleet of supercars. This platform opens up the possibilities for a new wave of Porsche electrical sports cars and supercars. Although Porsche is working on the new supercar platform for itself, it is understood that there is the possibility for other vehicle manufacturers such as Audi and Lamborghini to use the platform in their vehicle.
What Is The New Platform?
The new platform is known as SPE which is can be presumed to be an abbreviation for sports platform electric or supercar platform electric. SPE will focus on extracting more power and performance out of electrified drivertrains. In other words, to produce sports and super cars that are powered through electricity but still deliver the high level of performance of gas powered cars.
How Will Porsche Electric Sports Cars Manage This?
Although the project is new, the concept of electric motors in performance cars is not. Porsche itself has produced cars which use electric technologies such as the current Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and even the Porsche Yacht. SPE, however, is something entirely different. It is said to raise the bar and create things which the motoring world has never seen before.
The Volkswagen group has a 3-phase strategy for the creation of these electric cars. Phase 1 is Modular Electrification Toolkit or Mission E is complete and is ready to be rolled out. Phase 2 is currently being established and is known as Premium Platform Electric. It will focus on luxury electric vehicles. SPE is the third phase which is being aimed at 2025. This phase will focus on the two-door sports cars and supercars which Porsche enthusiasts love so much.
There are, however, many unanswered questions surrounding the new platform as there are so many ways in which Porsche can achieve their targets. For example, vehicles could be fitted with motors on each individual axle or even have a third motor added for increased performance and acceleration. Furthermore, what kind of battery technology will be used remains to be seen. Porsche could go with the conventional lithium ion batteries used in most EVs or they could choose to make the jump to solid state batteries which may save space and weight.
The need to move from fossil fueled vehicles to more eco-friendly vehicles has long been apparent. Eco-friendliness has, however, also been synonymous with decreased performance and that is something which is unacceptable in a sports car or supercar. The SPE project seeks to blend the two worlds together and produce Porsche electric sports cars which strike the balance between environmental consciousness and the performance that one has come to expect from Porsche. From the technical side, it remains to be seen how Porsche and the Volkswagen Group will go about this project but there is no doubt that there are some exciting times ahead of us. For now, while waiting for SPE, Porsche enthusiasts can look forward to the Porsche Mission E which is set to be released in 2020.