Porsche is on a mission – that mission is to bring to market an electric vehicle that is both better looking and more advanced than some of its closest competitors, particularly left-field California tech startup Tesla.

For the first time in the German car maker's long and chaptered history, which dates back more than 86 years, Porsche will offer an electric vehicle in the form of the Mission E. And it promises to be kind of a big deal.

Previewed initially at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, Porsche is finally putting the finishing touches on the production version more than two years later. Spy photos have given us our best look yet at the upcoming electric vehicle – most recently putting its performance credentials to the test at the Nürburgring – and in preparation, Porsche has invested more money into its facilities and hired a load more staff in the process. It's a gamble, but a fairly safe one.

Admittedly, we're still more than a year away from an official debut, but until then, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Porsche Mission E.

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