Up close with the Porsche Mission X

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Ahead of its showing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche’s exterior and interior design directors gave Car Design News the inside scoop on the brand’s new hypercar concept

Porsche’s new concept study — the Mission X — previews the future of the brand’s next high-performance halo car. Compact yet impactful, the Mission X aims to meld racing heritage with luxury through its sleek, aerodynamic body, Le Mans-inspired doors, distinctive lighting design, and a novel interior layout.

To some eyes, the latest concept is decidedly un-Porsche like, but designers maintain they were inspired by iconic models including the 959, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder. With an efficient electric powertrain, the Mission X also aspires to establish new benchmarks in speed, power-to-weight ratio and rapid charging capabilities.

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A new look for Porsche 

We set eyes on it in person at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and even in the brief visit filled with flashing lights and adoring crowds, we were struck by its alluring proportions and innovative design cues. Not long before the festivities, we had previously caught up with exterior design director Peter Varga and interior design director Markus Auerbach for a more in-depth look at the new hypercar. 

Car Design News: Porsche has a very specific and recognisable design language. Yet, the Mission X seems to depart from this in some ways. What was Style Porsche’s approach when going to work on this car?

Peter Varga: All of our cars have

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