Porsche will develop an automotive platform for electric sports and supercars, which performance rivals Lamborghini and Audi could tap into.
Dubbed SPE, Automotive News Europe, notes that a senior executive from the VW Group, which owns Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini and other car brands, confirmed the plans, saying Porsche has been takes with developing an electric vehicle platform “for two-door sports cars and supercars”.
While Porsche is often seen as a rival to sports cars released by Audi and Lamborghini, which both have similar engines and architectures in their respective R8 and Huracan cars, as part of the VW Group Porsche’s SPE is very likely to feed into the other performance car brands.
Further details on what the SPE will consist of or what cars can be expected – electric 911s or brand new Porsche models – have not surfaced, though cars based on the platform are not expected until past 2025.
That means there’s a long wait until we see what the SPE will deliver in terms of high-performance electric cars
However, Porsche already has its Mission E electric car concept which could be seen as a hit as to what direction the SPE platform could head in, though the Mission E’s current guise is very much a performance sedan rather than a white-knuckles on the steering wheel sports car.
For that we’d need to look at the Porsche 918 hybrid petrol-electric hypercar, though we suspect that given what appears to be a fairly lengthy time frame that the SPE platform will be all-electric rather than offer hybrid alternatives.
Either way, it all looks to be an interesting direction Porsche is taking, and if there’s a car maker that can make electric cars dynamic and sporty then Porsche is the one to do it.
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