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So what’s this strange-looking thing? The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo is basically the beginnings of Porsche ‘doing a Tesla’. The company’s rate of electric vehicle development has been somewhat glacial, but with the Mission E project, it’s now well on its way to releasing a desirable, sporty, battery-powered vehicle along with the charging infrastructure to support it. This particular car is still an early concept – it’s the very model that was driven on stage at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in fact – and while it’s not strictly road legal, Porsche did let me drive it on the public highway under the condition that I was accompanied by armed police at all times. My reputation clearly precedes me. Haven’t I seen the Mission E name somewhere before? Yes. The Mission E Saloon was a four-door sports car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. This is its Cross Turismo cousin, a delightfully bonkers, jacked-up, off-road-ready, SUV-ish ‘cross-utility vehicle’ (CUV) aimed at adventurous types. You know, skiiers, surfers and yoga doers who want to go really chuffing fast.