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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at the Nurburgring – Video

Wed, 28 Apr 2010

The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Nurburgring video below

In February we reported that Porsche has developed the unthinkable – a hybrid 911. But this wasn’t a hybrid 911 with a bank of batteries and a fluffy-bunny conscience, but a rampant track 911 with a great big electro-magnetic flywheel and a KERS-like thump of an extra 160bhp – the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

The 911 GT3 R uses technology developed by Williams F1 and comprises of a pair of generators in the front wheels that shove energy to a composite flywheel (conveniently located next to the driver – not sure how well that would go down on a road0going version) which is the stored and can be thrown at the back wheels whenever the driver wants, in a way very similar to KERS.

To show the prowess of the GT3 R Porsche are running it in the Nurburgring 24hr next month and as a bit of a prep for that they’ve had the GT3 R out on the Nurburgring with Williams F1 driver Nico H├╝lkenberg at the wheel. It would seem Nico is not used to anything other than single seaters, but was quite taken with the GT3 R. he said:

This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche … 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 … Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”

Worth a watch – particularly the second half.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZaPGprewFE


By Cars UK