Le Mans Winner Mark Webber Shares First Impressions Of Porsche Mission E

Since retiring from racing, Australia’s Mark Webber has been working with Porsche to help develop its latest and greatest models. He’s played a role in the creation of recent cars like the 911 GT2 RS and recently had an opportunity to take the all-electric Mission E for a spin.

Set to launch as Porsche’s first all-electric production vehicle, the Mission E is a sedan with a striking resemblance to the original Mission E concept. It will be a direct rival to the Tesla Model S, despite Porsche’s insistence that it’s not benchmarking against the Tesla – even though a prototype was spotted with a couple of Teslas (a Model S and a Model X) in tow…

The Mission E’s powertrain details remain unconfirmed, but we know that it will have over 600 hp in range-topping guise and be able to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds. Impressively, the vehicle’s range will exceed 500 km (310 miles). An entry-level model with around 400 HP and a mid-level variant with roughly 536 HP are also rumored to be in the works.

Performance, looks and Porsche-ness

Recently, the German car manufacturer said that the Mission E “will be the sportiest and most technologically advanced vehicle in its class.”

Another selling point of the Mission E will be its fast charging capabilities that could top up the battery to 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes or less.

Admittedly, Mission E owners will almost never take their cars to the track, but Webber, a former F1 racer and Le Mans winner, nevertheless explored the electric saloon’s limits and analyzed its handling at Porsche’s own Weissach test track. Unsurprisingly, he appears impressed – but let’s see what he has to say in the following video.

  • Six_Tymes

    Hey Elon, no big deal, its only Porsche coming after your sales.

    • Blake Stafford

      This thing is going to be the final nail in the shit show that is Tesla.

      • YourMotherRaisedYouBetter

        That shit show made every car company in the world change their business model.

        • Matthew Boyd

          Thats a good thing though.

          • YourMotherRaisedYouBetter

            Agreed.

        • Six Thousand Times

          And they haven’t been toppled yet. I remember hearing that the Germans would be wiping Tesla out by 2016…

      • IT’S FUNNY ALL THE HATE THROWN AT TESLA GIVEN PORSCHE WOULDN’T BE BUILDING THIS IF TESLA HADN’T LIT A FIRE UNDER EVERY ONES ASSES.

      • Knotmyrealname

        You knob. Do you think Tesla customers are Porsche customers? Really?

  • PhilMcGraw

    The car looks stunning except when you look at the fake rear exhaust tips…please Porsche just don’t even bother putting those horrendous fake tips on the final version of the car.

    I hope this does provide some real competition to Tesla, so that maybe the cult status could die down a little bit.

    • Ken Lyns

      Wonder if the exhaust tips are part of the camoflage… At least I HOPE they are.

  • Craig

    Cut the crap Porsche. There would BE no Mission E without TESLA.

  • Edums

    I respect Mark Webber for his trajectory in motor sports. However, being him a Porsche employee, what he says must be considered more like an advertisement than a sincere comment or sincere opinion about the car.

    • Matt

      Well obviously… this car is still months away from launch so they’re hardly going to let auto journalists share their impressions while the car is still under development.

  • NOT A LOT OF INFO IN THE VIDEO. THEY WOULDN’T BE MAKING THIS CAR IF IT WEREN’T FOR TESLA. WHAT THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO HERE IS GIVE IT THE LUXURY INSIDE THAT TESLA DOESN’T.

    • Matt

      Actually they can offer the driver enjoyment and handling that Tesla doesn’t have…

      • YOU’VE DRIVEN IT?

        • Matt

          Ok, they have the ‘opportunity’ to.. but seriously it’s Porsche. They’re incapable of making bad driving vehicles as of late.

          • DIDN’T GET MUCH FROM THE VIDEO BUT YES IT SHOULD BE FUN. ESPECIALLY THE INTERIOR SINCE TESLA IS LACKING THERE.

  • Craig

    What a stupid response. Besides… what nation exactly are you thinking of?

  • eye.surgeon

    Watch out Tesla, when this Porsche comes to market in a year or two it will be very competitive with what you were selling 5 years ago.

  • TheBelltower

    So, the “range topping” Mission E will be slower, have a nearly nonexistent charging network, and have a shorter range than the cheaper and older Model S. I love the idea of this car. However that part doesn’t make any sense. Based on my experience with BMW, it’s also going to be a challenge for franchise dealers to sell and service both ECE vehicles and EV’s.

  • Six Thousand Times

    This is a very exciting car. It will be too heavy and too expensive (unless taxpaxers will subsidise its purchase in your area) but it will be interesting to see how it performs and how far it can go.

  • Nuno Costa

    Not saying anything about the general credibility of MW there, but a video where is is wearing a shirt with the same name as the brand of the car is testing is for me a sign that any comment that might be said about the car is rubbish.

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