You know that you live in a world that’s dominated by the internet and social media when you have an automaker that makes a special edition model because it’s social media fan page has reached 1 million fans.
Look no further than German automaker Porsche, who thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the milestone that is 1 million fans on their Facebook page by coming out with a special exhibition inside the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart solely dedicated to a unique custom-made 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. So what exactly is so unique about this particular model? Take a look at its exterior and you’ll notice that it has been adorned with signatures of more than 27,000 Porsche fans on Facebook. While this particular model is expected to be just a special exhibit piece, we do know that the 911 GT3 R Hybrid embodies the very spirit of our fast-paced world with the company’s new Porsche Intelligent Performance program, and as such, makes it the ideal car to be chosen to honor the company’s ever-growing fan base on the popular social network site.
More details along with the press release after the jump.
The hybrid racer comes with a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that delivers 480 horsepower and is combined with two electric motors that each develop 69 kW and an electrical flywheel power generator located in the cockpit right next to the driver. This particular unit is used to deliver energy to the two electric motors and is charged any time the driver applies the brakes. Conversely, the two electric motors reverse their function on the car’s front axle and acts as generators when the car isn’t providing all-wheel drive traction.
If you want to see this special edition Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, you can take a good look at it at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. The museum is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an 8 Euros (about $10.80 at the current rates) admission for adults with a free pass for children up to 14 years old if they are accompanied by an adult.
The Porsche fan community on Facebook reached a magical milestone at the turn of the year when Porsche added its one-millionth fan on Facebook, one of the largest and most popular social networks on the Internet. Reason enough for Porsche to thank its fans with a special exhibition showcasing a unique custom-made vehicle: starting today, February 11, 2011, the Porsche museum will be presenting a Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid adorned with the signatures of more than 27,000 Porsche fans.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid was chosen for this extraordinary signature-gathering campaign because it impressively embodies the future of motorsport - with Porsche Intelligent Performance.
The all-new hybrid system developed specially for use in a racing car has little in common with conventional hybrid systems as far as its design and componentry go. The 480 HP four-litre six-cylinder flat-twin engine in the back is complemented by an electric front axle drive with two electric drive motors each pumping out 60 kW. Instead of batteries, the electric motors are powered by an electric flywheel accumulator which is charged during braking. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has already provided convincing proof of its race-worthiness in a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.
The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is Euro 8,-, with a special reduction available to Euro 4,-. Admission is free for children up to the age of 14 years provided they are accompanied by an adult. For further information, please visit www.porsche.com/museum or www.facebook.com/porsche.