Porsche Shows Off GT3 R Hybrid at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Porsche Shows Off GT3 R Hybrid at 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Porsche will be displaying its new GT3 R Hybrid sports car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, even running a few demo laps on the world famous track. Recently the GT3 R proved its potential by leading the field for more than eight hours during the Nürburgring 24 Hour race before it suffered an engine failure with just under two hours to to.

Based on the GT3 chassis and powered by a traditional 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 480-hp at the rear wheels, the GT3 R Hybrid also gets two electric motors that power the front wheels, with 60 kW of power going to each axle. The driver will be able to call up this extra power on-demand, for six to eight seconds, giving the GT3 R a temporary all-wheel drive setup as well.

Along with an added boost of power, the hybrid system also allows the GT3 R Hybrid to go longer without taking pit stops, something that gives the car a significant advantage in an endurance race. We wish Porsche was actually racing the car, rather than just showing it off, as hybrid technology appears poised to change endurance racing the way Audi’s diesels have.

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid turns demonstration laps

Stuttgart. As part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race car that expressly typifies the philosophy of “Porsche Intelligent Performance” will turn demonstration laps: The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, featuring two electric motors at the front axle each developing 60 kilowatt to supplement the 480 horsepower normally-aspirated rear-engine. Under braking, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in a flywheel.

Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) will pilot the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and present it to fans around the track on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Over the entire weekend, visitors to the circuit can also see the vehicle up close in the paddock.

Recently at the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid turned heads. Over more than eight hours, the orange-and-white liveried racer from Weissach led the field and impressed with its excellent efficiency until it retired 1:45 hours before the finish with engine damage. During the race, the vehicle demonstrated just what the Porsche hybrid technology is capable of, even at this early stage of development.