Porsche has some big plans in the works for the upcoming auto show in Geneva, Switzerland. Racing plans. Hybrid plans. A racing hybrid? Yup…the status symbol auto manufacturer will be showcasing at this event a 911 GT3 R with hybrid drive.
Porsche says the 911 GT3 R’s hybrid technology “has been developed especially for racing, standing out significantly in its configuration and components from conventional hybrid systems.” The company explains that the electrical front axle drive with two electric motors developing 60 kW each supplements the 480-bhp four-litre flat-six” at the rear side of the racing car. Also, instead of regular hybrid batteries, the 911 GT3 R will use “an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the interior next to the driver” for energy to the motors.
Porsche says that this special flywheel generator is also an electric motor “with its rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000 rpm, storing energy mechanically as rotation energy.” Power is generated to it whenever the driver brakes and, when needed, the generator can be called upon to help out with scenarios like accelerating out of a bend or when overtaking. It is planned that this hybrid will be entered in long- distance races on the Nürburgring not with the goal of winning, but instead for “providing know-how on the subsequent use of hybrid technology in road-going sports cars.”