Porsche has not yet set a target date to go fully electric. But the brand expects around 80 percent of its sales to come from electric vehicles by 2030. We’ve already seen significant milestones, like the launch of the Taycan and the news that Porsche’s most popular car, the Macan SUV, is set to become an electric vehicle in the very near future.
However, the trickier part for Porsche will be converting its classic sports cars like the 718 Boxster and Cayman, as well as the legendary 911, to electric drives. Now, however, Porsche has just given us a preview of what that could look like with the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance race car – a real vehicle that will undergo legitimate on-track testing.
The 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance can deliver up to 986 hp over one lap in qualifying mode and a peak power of around 1,088 hp. According to Porsche, the AWD race car can run continuously for about 30 minutes at a constant 603 hp – the length of a Porsche Cup race. Lap times and top speeds are on par with the current 911 GT3 Cup petrol racing car.
The 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance from Porsche can be charged with 900 volts, which enables charging from 5 to 80 percent in around 15 minutes. The car also uses sustainable materials such as natural fiber composites and recycled carbon fibre.
This racing car is still a long way from being a production vehicle; it has 6,000 custom parts. And the eventual production vehicle will be optimized for street use rather than track use. But motorsport tends to be at the forefront of automotive innovation, and things like even faster charging and using more sustainable materials to reduce emissions in the supply chain are details Porsche will almost certainly try to bring to road cars. The race car also likely offers a visual preview of what the eventual production car will look like.
Porsche says the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance will be on tour by mid-2024. We don’t yet know what will follow after that, but it sounds from the release that Porsche is gearing up for EV customer races that could end up running alongside (or replacing) the Porsche Super Cup as a support series for Formula 1 Porsche will start in 2026. And there’s little point in EV customer racing unless it’s promoting a Porsche on the road.
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