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Innovative racing laboratory and continuing technology transfer

The Mission R is the first step towards an all-electric customer motorsports vehicle. Developing such an all-electric customer motorsports platform owned by Porsche is yet another logical step the company has taken towards a sustainable motorsports future.

The current figures speak for themselves: 30 one-make cups worldwide with around 500 participants and more than 4,400 911-based Cup cars produced. As a result, the 911 Cup is the world’s top-selling racing car today.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup focuses on renewable fuels

When the 2021 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season kicks off, the championship commits to lower-carbon fuels. At Porsche, however, motorsports not only mean excitement, but also innovative strength and the courage to go one's own way: competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with emotive sports cars powered by internal combustion engines, the sports car manufacturer is currently testing synthetically produced fuels for use in series production (for details, see separate section on sustainability). Beginning in 2023, Porsche will be competing for overall victories in the new LMDh category (hypercars) with hybrids at endurance classics such as Le Mans and Daytona, also using synthetic fuels.

Technology transfer from motorsports to series production

This is quite simply because race tracks are important development laboratories for the brand's technology, such as electric mobility. There is no other car manufacturer actively participating in an exchange of technology between motorsports and series production vehicles as intensively as Porsche. The company has traditionally used motor racing as a testing ground, where innovative solutions and new technology have to prove themselves under the toughest conditions. Every current Porsche therefore contains more race-proven technology than ever before.

The long-term and future-oriented focus of this strategy is clearly demonstrated in the development of electric mobility at Porsche. Core components and control algorithms of the electric drive system have been the focus of technology trials on the race track for some time now. In 2010, for example, Porsche competed in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring with its highly promising 911 GT3 R Hybrid and almost caused a sensation: this GT3, with a six-cylinder engine in the rear and two electric motors driving the front axle, was leading the entire field until two hours before the finish.

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