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Porsche is determined to improve their hybrid technologies and the best place to do that is on the race track. For the 2012 race season, Porsche has further developed its 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car, and will be putting it to the test once again. Exactly where or when, however, has not been revealed.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid is still considered a rolling race lab to Porsche, but the practical experience it gains under racing conditions has become worth it in Porsche’s goal of making hybrid drive more efficient.
Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development, believes that the GT3 R Hybrid project shows how important it is to test future technologies on the race track. Meanwhile, Hatz believes that there’s no way around the hybrid technology in motorsport and Porsche will “determinedly blaze this trail and further develop the hybrid technology.”
Porsche has announced it will enter an LMP1 prototype race car in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it is believed that car will be a hybrid.
GALLERY: Porsche GT3 R Hybrid
While some may accuse Porsche for having the most lazy designers who rather than invent something completely different, just softly modify their cars year after year, the same cannot be said of its e ngineers.
Its engineers are constantly trying to improve the cars dynamics, making it faster and handle better. Those in the market for the 911 GT3 R customer race car will see a host of new changes that will make it an even more competitive weekend racer.
First of all, the 2012 version benefits from more power. The 4.0-liter, flat-six will now produce 500-hp, that is 20-hp more than before. Customers now also get the steering-wheel mounted pedal-shifters for faster gear changes. This gearbox also features an automatic throttle blip for those perfect downshifts.
To help keep the car on the racing line, it also has traction control and racing spec ABS brakes. Softer anti-roll bars on the front axle help reduce understeer. This race car might just make you look like a better driver than you really are.
This new and improved race car will go on sale in November, 2011 with prices starting at $434,500. If you still plan on keeping your old 2010 or 2011 model GT3 R, no worries, for $61,500 you can buy an upgrade kit for your existing race car to turn it into the new racer.
Just remember, this latest upgrade is based on the outgoing 997 platform and not the new 991, so expect another new racing car from Porsche in about a years time.
Gallery: Porsche 911 GT3R
New GT3 racer succeeds GT3 Cup S model
Sometimes we wonder if Porsche builds more different versions of race cars than street cars. It only makes sense though, as the automaker’s impressive 911s (and other models) all get their road-hugging abilities from the company’s track expertise.
Today Porsche is introducing the new 911 GT3 R, which is designed to run in the FIA GT3 class and takes the place of the outgoing GT3 Cup S racer.
Designed to be both faster and easier to drive, the car gets a larger 4.0-liter flat-six motor with a total of 480-hp – 30-hp more than the old motor. To help in the corners the car is also wider than its predecessor, being based on the new GT3 RS’s platform.
A sequential six speed transmission is also a part of the package with a new “throttle-blip” function to make it easier for amateur drivers to master.
Porsche will debut the 911 GT3 R on January 14th at the Birmingham Motor Show. Deliveries to teams will begin in the Spring with an asking price of 279,000 ($418,000)
GALLERY: Porsche 911 GT3 R
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