Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Returns To Nurburgring

June 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm

The world’s first ever full hybrid race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, will be back at this year’s Nurburgring 24 hours race with its Version 2.0.

Last year the car had to retire  towards the end of the race due to a technical difficulty. This year though Porsche is more confident despite the fact that the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has been substantially reined in by the organisers. After the latest re-classification, the combustion engine now produces only 448 hp. Calculated over one lap, the 2011 edition of the car now delivers a lower system output than last year’s vehicle with a combustion engine.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Returns To Nurburgring 911 GT3 R Hybrid Version 2.0

Priority of the development for the 2011 ‘Version 2.0’ was given to the further improvement of efficiency through the targeted optimisation of the hybrid components, which also resulted in a 20 per cent reduction in overall weight. The electric flywheel generator has also been tweaked and improved for more power and efficiency.

The cockpit of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has also been completely revised. Most of the displays and controls have moved to the steering wheel. Drivers can operate the rest of the functions via backlit buttons now situated on the centre console. Priority was placed on the ergonomics and the clear layout for drivers; always a priority but particularly significant when racing in darkness.