Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid going to Geneva

Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid going to Geneva

Porsche has just revealed the first images and details on its new racer, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

Based on the rear-drive 911 GT3 R that’s set for serious privateer racing later this year, the GT3 R Hybrid uses a rear-mounted, 480-hp 4.0-litre flat-six in conjunction with two electric motors that drive the front wheels. Residing in the space normally used by a passenger seat sits a flywheel, which harnesses kinetic energy under braking and can rotate up to and over 40,000 rpm. Once enough energy is stored, the system can release a boost of up to 120 kilowatts to the front wheels in six to eight second bursts that’s controlled by a steering wheel-mounted button.

Porsche hasn’t released official performance specs, but the GT3 R Hybrid’s world debut is set for the Geneva Motor Show before it hits the track for its motorsports debut at the endurance Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 15. Devised to test this new hybrid system after it takes to the Green Hell this year, Porsche plans to campaign for the 24 Hours of LeMans in a refined version in 2012.

It’s a unique ride, check out the images and graphics in the gallery below.

Porsche has just revealed the first images and details on its new racer, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

Based on the rear-drive 911 GT3 R that’s set for serious privateer racing later this year, the GT3 R Hybrid uses a rear-mounted, 480-hp 4.0-litre flat-six in conjunction with two electric motors that drive the front wheels. Residing in the space normally used by a passenger seat sits a flywheel, which harnesses kinetic energy under braking and can rotate up to and over 40,000 rpm. Once enough energy is stored, the system can release a boost of up to 120 kilowatts to the front wheels in six to eight second bursts that’s controlled by a steering wheel-mounted button.

Porsche hasn’t released official performance specs, but the GT3 R Hybrid’s world debut is set for the Geneva Motor Show before it hits the track for its motorsports debut at the endurance Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 15. Devised to test this new hybrid system after it takes to the Green Hell this year, Porsche plans to campaign for the 24 Hours of LeMans in a refined version in 2012.

It’s a unique ride, check out the images and graphics in the gallery below.

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