The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid made its first testings at the Nürburgring Nordschleife where it was driven by AT&T Williams Formula 1 pilot, Nico Hülkenberg. The Formula 1 pilot turned three laps at his very own Nordschleife debut in a race car and was able to get an idea of the perfect interplay of all the hybrid system components. "This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche."

The sports car is powered by a hybrid drive that combines a 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine with two electric motors developing 60 kW each as well as an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit next to the driver. This unit is used to deliver energy to the electric motors and is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators when not providing four wheel drive traction.

Hülkenberg had some thoughts on the Nürburgring and some additional thoughts on the 911 GT3 R hybrid. “This circuit is unique – you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here,” said Hülkenberg, who has driven only single-seaters on the race circuit. “Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”

The 911 GT3 R hybrid will compete in the Nürburgring 24 hour race on May 15th-16th, 2010, but first will prep with a spin at the next round of the Nurburgring Long Distance Championship, a 4 hour race on April 24, 2010.

Update 04/26/10: Check out the video for the Hulk’s Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid’s run.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

 The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid has passed its most unusual task by now with flying colours in preparation for the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 15/16 May: AT&T Williams Formula 1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg tested the orange and white liveried racing 911 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the lead up to the third round of the VLN Long Distance Championship and was enthusiastic with many aspects: “Great car, fascinating technology and an incomparable track,” concluded Hülkenberg.

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The Formula 1 pilot turned three laps at his Nordschleife debut in a race car and was able to get an idea of the perfect interplay of all the hybrid system components. “This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche,” said Hülkenberg. One of the components of the hybrid system, the flywheel generator installed inside the cockpit, was designed and manufactured by Williams Hybrid Power following Porsche’s specifications.

“This circuit is unique – you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here,” said Hülkenberg, who has driven only single-seaters on the race circuit. “Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”

In the 911 GT3 Hybrid, two electric motors at the front axle developing 60 kW (82 hp) each supplement the 353 kilowatt (480 hp) four-litre flat-six at the rear. Instead of the batteries used in hybrid road cars, an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit beside the driver delivers energy to the electric motors. Compared to a battery, the flywheel generator has the advantage of storing and delivering high amounts of energy considerably quicker.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid makes successful Nordschleife debut High Resolution Exterior
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Thanks to its sophisticated electronic control, the innovative hybrid drive of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid automatically provides optimal efficiency at racing speed. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motors fulfils a simple objective: Less fuel consumption without compromising performance. When overtaking or accelerating out of a bend, the driver can manually override the controls by pressing the boost paddle on the steering wheel and sending energy from the charged flywheel generator to the front axle. This additional power of 120 kilowatts is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately six to eight seconds.

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8 comments:

  (504) posted on 02.23.2011

this Porsche looks like every other damn one before it. If a non car person see this he or she wont know which model Porsche this is and will see it in the same light as the rest of the lineup..the LFA looks expensive, sounds expensive, looks exotic. Park the LFA will take all interest away from it.

  (579) posted on 02.23.2011

If they LFA was the exact price as this I would choose it over this anyday....or If i had the money both would be in my garage. Not to mention the LFA will be 5x more rare and more of a sight to behold due to the fact its a Lexus super-car...

  (434) posted on 02.22.2011

I have been a Cayenne hater for years, but the fact that it can perform on the track, then drive OFF ROAD is pretty sick... Talk about the ultimate get-away vehicle!

  (447) posted on 02.22.2011

Talk about the ultimate get-away vehicle!!

  (379) posted on 04.26.2010

I agree, I also watched it they’ve road test the 911 hybrid on track and yes, it performed well just like the boxer engine of porsche.

  (321) posted on 04.25.2010

of course it will, 911 hybrid can perform well as the normal petrol engine 911. i’ve already seen it in action and I’m amazed with it’s speed.

HALCONF1  (10) posted on 04.24.2010

it’s my favorite hybrid racing car!!

HALCONF1  (92) posted on 04.23.2010

This car is going to do great!! it’s a Porsche anyway....

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