What Audi did for diesels in endurance racing, Porsche is looking to replicate with hybrid technology, claiming its first win today for the GT3 R Hybrid at round four of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship in Germany. The car was piloted by works drivers Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer and Patrick Long.
Touting the hybrid car’s efficiency, the Porsche race car needed just two pit stops to complete the race while the majority of the competition had to stop three times for fuel.
“We’re very pleased with the technical level of the vehicle and the reliability of the hybrid system,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche. “Compared to our rivals, we saved one pit stop and with less external energy input our lap times were just as quick. This is what we mean by Porsche Intelligent Performance. ”
Taking the top spot on the podium in just its second competition race, the GT3 R Hybrid is undergoing its final stages of testing in preparation for the Nurburgring 24 Hour race in June, where it’s obvious Porsche is looking for an outright victory.
Using a modified version of the original GT3 R hybrid powertrain, version 2.0 makes 470-hp from a naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine, with an additional 200-hp of electric boost available on demand. It also weights over 100 lbs less than the original thanks to a focus on weight savings for the electric components.
In addition, Manthey Racing’s 911 GT3 RSR (non-hybrid) finished second overall.