2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 11 February 2010 , 14:02:33 byAngela

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche developed the first car with hybrid drive 110 years ago. Now, at the Geneva Motor Show, a Porsche 911 GT3 R with innovative hybrid drive is making its debut. The new technology featured in the car has been developed especially for racing and it features components from conventional hybrid systems. Electrical front axle drive with two electric motors developing 60 kW each supplements the 480 BHP 4.0-liter flat-six at the rear of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid model. Another interesting thing is that instead of the usual batteries in a hybrid road car, an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the interior next to the driver delivers energy to the electric motors. The flywheel generator is actually an electric motor which stores energy mechanically as rotation energy. The generator 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. The driver is able to call up extra energy from the charged flywheel generator, the flywheel being slowed down electromagnetically in the generator mode and thus supplying up to 120 kW to the two electric motors at the front from its kinetic energy. The hybrid drive is used not only for extra power, but also to save fuel. This increases the efficiency and the performance of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid model. How? Well, for example, by reducing the weight of the tank or making pit stops less frequent. After the Geneva debut, the model will be tested in long-distance races on the Nurburgring. The focus is not on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid winning race, but rather serving as a spearhead in technology in road-going sports cars. The car is capable of more power with less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, on the track and on the road.