According to Michael Steiner, a member of Porsche's executive board for development and research, the next Porsche hypercar won't be happening until they can finish developing their next-gen battery cells. Which means that it will likely be 5-6 years before we see that car revealed by Porsche.
Porsche fans have already waited years for the successor to the 918 Spyder.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume a few weeks ago outlined the company's near- and medium-term plans for introducing more electric cars, but not surprisingly he made no mention of a next-generation halo product. When last year we checked in on the status of Porsche's potential plan to introduce a new hypercar, we said the follow-up to the 918 Spyder—the German manufacturer's most recent hypercar from a decade ago—could arrive in 2025 or 2026. It turns out that projection was optimistic. Instead, our latest intel from Porsche says such a car is likely still at least another five or six years away from becoming a reality.
While it's possible the 918's successor could feature an internal combustion engine component in the spirit of the latest generation of IMSA and Le Mans Prototype hybrid race cars, we won't be surprised if Porsche's next-gen hypercar features electric power exclusively. Either way, the model will be significantly electrified, and that's where the extended timeline comes into play.
Porsche is committed to using next-generation, high-energy-density, ultra-quick-charging batteries. The tech is under development, but it's not ready for marketplace deployment. And according to Michael Steiner, a member of Porsche's executive board for development and research, work on a hypercar probably won't begin until these batteries are in a state that is appropriate for real-world road car applications.
"We are in the middle of developing our own [next-gen battery] cell," Steiner said in an exclusive chat with MotorTrend
. "With [our subsidiary] company, Cellforce Group, we have samples [of such batteries] in the same size cells we use for the existing Taycan. So it's not just a research thing, it's real. For sure within the next two years, we will show what could be done with some of these cells in our series-production cars.
"This [then] has to be developed and pushed further so we have at least an idea that we could have some top-model cars within existing car lines with special cells. And when we are good enough in terms of volumetric energy density—really important for supercars—then there might be a chance to show what could be done on the road with, let me say, close to racing [performance]. So I have [a car like that] in mind, we have that in mind, but we need some additional improvement [on the tech side] from our point of view that makes sense."
If you wonder why the hypercar is five or six years away when Steiner says the batteries could be in a reasonable place within two years, it comes down to simple math.
"We didn't [yet] start a series-development [hypercar] project," he revealed. "And if we do so, it's another three to four years [of required development after the battery tech is ready]." We'll just have to wait and see what Porsche comes up with next.