Porsche's innovative race machine 911 GT3 R Hybrid comes to Geneva 2010
For this year's Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the innovations are bursting one after another. The latest news comes from the Porsche brand, which is announcing the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, an innovative hybrid ride developed exclusively for racing.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is based on the recently released 911 GT3 R and is fitted with a state-of-the-art hybrid technology, which is standing out significantly in its configuration and components from conventional hybrid systems. The newly developed race ride is powered by a rear mounted 4.0-liter flat-six engine with estimated output of 480 horsepower linked to an electrical front axle drive with two electric motors. Instead of using batteries, the Porsche hybrid race vehicle boasts an electrical flywheel power generator packed in the interior next to the driver, which supply energy to the electric motors.
The flywheel generator itself is an electric motor with rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000 rpm and storing energy mechanically as rotation energy. It is charging whenever the driver applies brakes. Then, whenever is necessary, the driver is able to call up that extra energy of up to 120 kW. This additional power is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately 6 - 8 seconds.
After its official premiere at Geneva, the newcomer will be competing in the 24 Hours race around the 14-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit on 15/16 May.