Premiere of the Porsche GT4 ePerformance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2022 – –

The new Porsche GT4 ePerformance demonstrated its power for the first time to the public at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. West Sussex in southern England also served as the launch for the GT4 ePerformance World Tour. Over the next two years, the innovative test vehicle will travel to further locations in Germany and beyond. The aim is to demonstrate the potential of the cutting-edge vehicle concept and the possibilities of the racing formats associated with it to motorsport customer teams, partners and decision makers in the motorsport scene.

The GT4 ePerformance includes the technological components of the Porsche Mission R. At the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich, the concept study outlined the vision of a fully electric GT racing car for customer motorsport in the future. Both are based on the chassis of the proven 718 GT4 Clubsport model. The entire electric motor and battery technology also comes from the concept car unveiled at the IAA, which in qualifying mode results in a maximum output of up to 800 kW (1,088 hp). In simulated racing, a constant power of 450 kW (612 hp) is available for 30 minutes, the duration of a Carrera Cup race. In terms of lap time and top speed, the GT4 ePerformance is on par with the performance of the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup type 992. at full charge capacity goes from 5 to 80% in about 15 minutes.

“The Festival of Speed ​​is really impressive. It’s a huge festival for car enthusiasts and a mecca for motorsport like no other in Europe. I already knew the GT4 ePerformance from test drives. It’s extremely fast and a lot of fun to drive – exactly how I imagine the electric sports racing car of the future. Its aerodynamics are designed for efficiency because the car must be able to last the full race distance. He is more at ease on circuits than on hill climbs like here at Goodwood. Thus, a time of 45.50 seconds and a second place overall are in line with our expectations. »said Porsche works driver Richard Lietz of Austria, who drove the all-electric prototype at Goodwood.

Porsche has redesigned around 6,000 parts for the GT4 ePerformance. Under the direction of designer Grant Larsson, a team from Porsche Style came up with the shape of the car. The body is composed of, among other things, composite materials based on natural fibres, with production intended to generate fewer emissions than that of comparable synthetic materials. Recycled carbon fibers are also used for testing purposes. Thanks to its flared wings, the racing car is 14 centimeters wider than a 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. This leaves more room for the wider 18-inch Michelin racing tires, of which renewable materials make up a particularly high proportion.

“The GT4 ePerformance paves the way for Porsche customer racing with electric racing cars. As a first step, we will unveil this concept to our global partners. Together with drivers, teams, organizers, authorities and other interested parties, we are also gathering ideas for Porsche racing formats in the future. »said Oliver Schwab, project manager of the GT4 ePerformance.

The GT4 ePerformance Tour
After its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2022, the Porsche GT4 ePerformance will make other international stops. Each location follows a special currency. The world-renowned motorsport festival in the south of England was dedicated to Porsche’s motor racing tradition. The second step on August 20, 2022 at the Porsche plant in Leipzig is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the plant. The facility has a 3.7 kilometer circuit that includes famous sections of world famous racetracks. In the Saxon metropolis, the potential of the all-electric racing prototype will be presented as an economic model.

Michelin racing tires are made of 53% sustainable materials
Michelin provides racing tires for the 100% electric Porsche GT4 ePerformance, 53% of which are made from bio-sourced or recycled materials. Sustainably sourced raw materials also include natural rubber and soot, which are recovered from used tires through a special processing method implemented by partner company Enviro. Other materials are based on orange and lemon peels, pine resin and sunflower oil as well as residual metal waste.

The racing tyres, which Michelin developed specifically for the Porsche GT4 ePerformance, are expected to reduce environmental impact over the lifespan, from development, production, shipping and use through to recycling. By 2050, Michelin aims to make all of its tires from sustainable materials. By 2030, the production percentage of the group of companies should reach 40%.

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