Porsche postpones the electric hypercar project to 2025

Porsche postpones the electric hypercar project to 2025

The German brand Porsche has decided to postpone plans to design the new hybrid hypercar successor to the timeless 918 Spyder, shifting the focus to electrification of the current range; Speaking with reporters at the end of the press conference, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume confirmed that this type of project remains of great interest for the Stuttgart house but that, at the moment, all efforts are aimed at electrification of the current fleet .

In 2019, Autocar magazine highlighted how Porsche had decided to use an engine developed for the failed F1 entry project for its next hypercar; conceived as a direct rival of Aston Martin Valkyrie, the engine would have been a 1.6 petrol hybrid just like those used both in Formula 1 and also by the Mercedes AMG Project One.

The recent plan to return to Le Mans in 2023 had fueled some rumors regarding the imminent arrival of a road car developed at the same time as the track version, but the comments of CEO Blume make it clear how the casa is waiting to have developed the necessary technology to make the new hypercar purely electric and exciting at the same time.

"We will return to Le Mans with a prototype with which we will be able to experience the great races such as Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona; Ferrari has already declared that it wants to participate in the last few weeks, so it will be a very intense race and we are happy with it "

The battery will be the cylinder of tomorrow and - according to Porsche - accurate research still needs to be carried out to achieve satisfactory results ; investing and developing solutions to be able to completely forget the combustion engine will take at least until 2025 and from then on the hypercar project will also be resumed.

The Stuttgart company is investigating the use of silicon - replacing the current graphite - for battery components for electric vehicles which, it seems, can further improve energy density and reduce charging times; the batteries using this technology will be built in Europe and will be reserved for motorsport or exclusive cars such as top cars or hypercars.