Porsche’s racing laboratory, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, with 24 Hours of Le Mans champions Timo Bernhard/Mike Rockenfeller (both Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) aboard, was the 18th best finisher in a starting field of 41 cars.

“My job at the wheel of our rolling laboratory was a great experience for me," said Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard. "The hybrid system worked perfectly over the entire race distance. We achieved two important goals, and these were to present this unique car to the US fans and to further develop the hybrid drive under racing conditions." His factory pilot teammate, Romain Dumas, commented: "I’m pleased to have reached the finish line without any problems. Unfortunately, several punctures cost us a lot of time today. Still, it was a fantastic experience, because over the whole weekend the fans celebrated us like winners."


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  (206) posted on 10.5.2010

The problem is it isn’t fair. The hybrid system weighs about 250lbs but the weight penalty in the rules is only 30lbs.
How does that show if the technology is better? It doesn’t. If the Hybrid system weighs 250lbs make the car have a 250lb heavier weight limit. Then see which is faster and more efficient.

  (442) posted on 10.4.2010

Finally someone is harnessing hybrid technology for performance and not efficiency. Don’t get me wrong, efficiency is important to many consumers, but I just don’t see hybrids really catching on with the automotive community until they start bringing some performance. There’s so much potential too with all of that instant torque from the electric motors.

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