AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
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 Audi made a name for diesels in endurance racing, Porsche is paving the way for hybrids, announcing that it will once again run its GT3 R Hybrid at the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race this June.
The updated car creates the same power as last year’s model, but is more efficient, meaning it will require fewer stops for gas during the endurance classic. Porsche has done this through dropping weight used in the car, reducing the weight of the hybrid components by 20 percent. The goal, says Porsche in a press release, is to maintain the lap times of last year’s car, but with less fuel consumption, which not only makes for a better enduro racer, but also supports “future developments of road-going, sporting hybrid vehicles” says Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche motorsport.
Using the same hybrid powertrain the GT3 R 2.0 makes 470-hp from a naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine, with an additional 200-hp of electric boost available on demand.
Porsche has not said if they will be competing for victory at the race, or if, like last year, the car will be in a non-competitive class.