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First Look: Porsche’s Innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Set to debut in Geneva, replaces batteries with flywheel.

by on Feb.11, 2010

Porsche will begin race-testing its 911 GT3 R Hybrid on the Nurburgring, in May.

Picking up on a concept its company founder first conceived of more than a century ago, Porsche will lift the covers on a hybrid race car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Dubbed the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the goal of the project is to not just improve performance, but also the efficiency of modern race cars.


Road ... and Track ... Tested!

The 911 GT3 R skips the conventional hybrid route, which relies on heavy batteries to temporarily store energy normally lost during braking and coasting, then tap that power when the driver needs an extra boost.  Porsche’s approach is to store energy in a high-tech flywheel.