After developing the first hybrid car system 110 years ago, Porsche is attempting to take a new stance on the environment with the green 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car.
The 911 GT3 R hits the road running with a 357kW flat six-cylinder engine. The petrol engine couples with two 60kW electric motors that can supplement the 911 GT3 R's need for speed for 6-8 seconds, with power being regenerated during braking and deceleration.
While the six-cylinder engine sends torque to the rear wheels, the two electric motors operate the front axle, essentially making this an all-wheel-drive GT3 for all intensive purposes.
Opposed to storing energy in batteries, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses a flywheel that generates energy and stores it mechanically. Spinning at up to 40,000rpm, the flywheel generator is charged every time the driver applies the brakes. The two electric motors on the front axle can also reverse direction to generate energy, which can be stored for the required bursts of power.
Seeing as it is a race car, Porsche will enter the 911 GT3 R Hybrid into the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring on May 15th and 16th.
Porsche claims that the 911 GT3 R has clocked the Nurburgring during testing in under seven minutes and thirty seconds. The main advantage of the hybrid system will be less frequent stops for fuel refills and over a 24-hour period, a serious competitive advantage. Porsche is yet to quote any fuel consumption figures.
Needless to say, the latest arsenal from Porsche leaves the senses tingling.