In what was a surprise to many people, Porsche has opened the doors to the development of its latest concept car, which is the Panamera Sport Turismo. The vehicle was headline news at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and many experts were surprised at the detail which the company offered and the very informative videos which show the development of the car.
Is Porsche targeting the electric car market?
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a hybrid vehicle which is in theory able to attain 67 mpg or 18 miles on pure electric drive only. The vehicle is rumoured to be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around six seconds, which gives the impression that the company is looking more towards the hybrid market as opposed to the pure electric market at this moment in time.
This particular vehicle is based around the company’s e-hybrid system which basically incorporates an electric motor with traditional fuel assistance. The car is powered by a 3 L V6 engine and while it is unclear as to whether the vehicle will make it to the mass market, it seems that the company is certainly looking to the future.
Is the company looking to target Tesla Motors?
It would take a very brave company to have a go at Tesla Motors, which is by far and away the most recognised manufacturer of electric sports vehicles. The company has done extremely well over a relatively short period of time and while stable profitability may still be some way off, there is no doubt it is moving in the right direction. Whether Porsche is brave enough to challenge Tesla Motors remains to be seen but in reality there is probably space for more than one electric sports car manufacturer.
If Porsche is able to retain its unique feel and unique reputation in the hybrid and even, in time, the electric vehicle market then perhaps we could have something of a battle for top spot. However, at this moment in time it looks as though Porsche is more than happy to incorporate its new e-hybrid system into the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
New design and new aerodynamics
One interesting fact which came out of the various videos which the company released, detailing the development of the car in question, was the fact that particular emphasis was placed upon aerodynamics and a new shape compared to your traditional Porsche. There is no doubt that aerodynamics will play a major role within the hybrid and electric car market in the short to medium term, at least until technology is able to catch up with more traditional fuel powered vehicle journey capacity.
Indeed, we have seen a number of changes to the make-up of the electric car and the hybrid car shell, compared to their traditional fuel counterparts, because weight and size do have a material impact upon the electric only element of the cars driving range.
There are very few mainstream car companies who have yet to enter the electric car market or indeed the hybrid car market, whether in concept form of mass-market form. Porsche has certainly given those interested in the car technology of the future a good look behind the scenes to see exactly what goes on. Whether the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will actually make it to the main market, or remain one of those concept cars which never appears again, remains to be seen, but the company has certainly highlighted good progress to date.