Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid ready for Le Mans 24-hour race?

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Porsche and its recently debuted 911 GT3 R Hybrid are getting ready for the world’s oldest endurance race, the 24 hours of Le Mans. The astonishing hybrid racer will be presented to the fans around the legendary track on Thursday evening and Friday morning with Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) behind the wheel.

In case that you are not familiar with Porsche’s new race toy, the car packs two electric motors at the front axle each developing 60 kilowatt to supplement the 480 horsepower normally-aspirated rear-engine. Under braking, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in a flywheel generator. When needed, the generator transfers the energy to the electric motors and boosts the vehicle with up to 120 kW.

At the 24 hour race on the Nurburgring, which took place approximately three weeks ago, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid made pretty good statement at what the Porsche hybrid technology is capable of, even at this early stage of development. For more than eight full hours, the innovative racecar by Porsche led the field and impressed the crowd with its staggering performance until it retired 1:45 hours before the finish with engine damage.