German automaker Porsche will bring the sporty 911 GT3 R Hybrid this weekend at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.
Designed and built by Porsche at its Research and Development department in Weissach, Germany, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid led the gruelling 24 hour race for eight hours last year. The performance of the innovative race car clearly proved that the hybrid technology developed by Porsche is very competitive in racing while also offering considerably lower fuel consumption.
This is what it was. For this year race, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid will produce only 448 hp. Compared to the 2010 model, the output of both electric motors has been increased from 60 to 75 kilowatts each. For seconds at a time, the drivers have almost 200 additional horsepower driving the front wheels.
Depending on the programming, this power is automatically activated through use of the throttle pedal. Moreover, drivers can manually call up this extra power, for instance when overtaking.
Calculated over one lap, the 2011 edition of the car now delivers a lower system output than last year’s vehicle with a combustion engine.
Sharing the cockpit of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid at the Nürburgring are factory race drivers Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria), Patrick Long (USA) and Marco Holzer (Germany), who were all deeply involved in the vehicle development.