Come October 2, at Road Atlanta, we get the opportunity to see the GT3 R Hybrid in action for the first time on American soil! Making her appearance at the season finale of the American Le Mans Series ‘Petit Le Mans’. The race will run more than 1000 miles or 10 hours at most. Although the Porsche will not be eligible for points, due to hybrid technology not being recognized by current CT regulations, it will have the opportunity to stretch it’s legs and show us some amazing technology!
“After the 911 GT3 R Hybrid’s fantastic performance at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, we are now eager to gain more experience with the hybrid technology on a variety of race tracks,” said Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport. “At the same time, we would like to show fans and customers in our most important markets how our ‘race lab’ performs under racing conditions,” Kristen added.
The GT3 R Hybrid features two electric motors at the front axle, each developing 60 kilowatts to supplement the 480-horsepower normally aspirated rear engine. When the driver brakes, the car converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in a flywheel. When the driver accelerates, this energy is automatically delivered to the front wheels, supporting the engine at the rear. This leads to a reduction in fuel consumption and increases the cruising range. Drivers can manually utilize the stored energy with a boost paddle on the steering wheel for overtaking other cars in the race as well! This additional power is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately 6 – 8 seconds.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid is a perfect example of the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, a principle to be found in every Porsche: More power on less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2 emissions – on the track and on the road.The 911 GT3 R Hybrid will also race at Le Mans International Cup on Nov. 7 in the 6-hour race in Zhuhai, China.
Get your tickets to The Petit Le Mans here and hopefully we’ll see you there!