Porsche has not yet set a target date to drive fully electric. But the brand expects about 80 percent of its sales to be electric by 2030. We have already seen major milestones such as the launch of the Taycan and the news that Porsche’s most popular car, the Macan SUV, is in the very near future.
The hardest part for Porsche, however, will be converting its classic sports cars such as the 718 Boxster and Cayman and the iconic 911 to electric powertrains. But now Porsche has just given us a taste of what that could look like with the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance race car – a real vehicle that will do legit tests on the track.
The 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance can deliver up to 986 horsepower over a lap in qualifying mode, and peak power is around 1,088 horsepower. Porsche says the AWD race car can deliver a steady 603 horsepower for about 30 minutes of continuous racing — the length of a Porsche Cup race. Lap times and top speed figures are comparable to current petrol engines 911 GT3 Cup Race Car†
Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance can charge 900 volts, allowing for a 5-80 percent charge in about 15 minutes. The car also uses sustainable materials such as natural fiber composites and recycled carbon fibres.
This race car is still far from a production car; it has 6,000 custom parts. And the final production vehicle will be optimized for road use rather than track use. But motorsport is typically at the forefront of automotive innovation, and things like even faster charging and using more sustainable materials to clean up emissions in the supply chain are details Porsche will almost certainly try to bring to road cars. The race car is likely to provide a visual preview of what the final production car will look like.
Porsche says the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance will tour through mid-2024. We don’t know what will come next, but it sounds like Porsche is preparing to do EV customer races from release, which will eventually end up next to Porsche Supercup (or replacing it) as a support series for Formula 1 — which Porsche will join in 2026† And there’s not much point in EV customer racing if it’s not promoting a Porsche on the road.
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