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911 GT3 R Hybrid to World Debut in Geneva

February 11, 2010 by  
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ATLANTA – February 11, 2010 – 110 years after Ferdinand Porsche developed the world’s first
hybrid, the Lohner-Porsche, Porsche engineers are now expanding this visionary drive concept with a
production-based GT race car: Over the past 45 years, Porsche 911 race cars have recorded more
than 20,000 victories and on March 4, a Porsche 911 GT3 featuring an innovative hybrid drive will
make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, opening a new chapter in the history of Porsche.

This innovative hybrid technology has been developed especially for racing, differentiating itself from
conventional hybrid systems by way of its configuration and components. In the case of the 911 GT3
R Hybrid, the front axle features two electric motors, each developing 60 kW and supplement the
480 hp, naturally aspirated four-liter flat-six that drives the rear wheels. Instead of the heavy batteries
usually found in a hybrid road car, an electrical flywheel power generator is installed inside next to
the driver delivering energy to the electric motors.

 

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The flywheel generator is also an electric motor, with its rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000
rpm while mechanically storing energy. The flywheel generator is charged whenever the driver
applies the brakes, as the two front axle electric motors reverse their role and act as generators.
Then, when accelerating out of a bend or while overtaking, the driver can use the extra energy from
the charged flywheel generator, sending up to 120 kW of stored kinetic energy to the motors. This
additional power is available after each charge for approximately six to eight seconds.

Energy formerly converted into heat upon each brake application, and therefore wasted, is now
converted into additional drive power in a very efficient manner.

In addition to increasing available drive power, depending on racing conditions, the hybrid drive can
also be called upon to save fuel. By increasing the efficiency and, accordingly, the performance of
the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, reductions can be made to the weight of the fuel tank or the car can make
less frequent pit stops, for example.

After its debut in Geneva, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid will be tested in long-distance races on the
Nürburgring. The highlight of this test program will be the 24 Hours on the Nordschleife of
Nürburgring, May 15-16, 2010. The focus is not on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid winning the race, but
rather spearheading technology as a “racing lab.” The intent is to provide hands-on know-how for the
subsequent use of hybrid technology in road-going sports cars.

The 911 GT3 R Hybrid is a perfect example of the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, a
principle to be found in every Porsche: More power on less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2
emissions – on the track and on the road.

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Sourece: Porsche Press Release

Photo courtesy Porsche Cars, NA