Thursday, 11 February 2010

Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid

There'll be a new 911 debuting at the Geneva motor show... but that's not news. There always is.

What's different about this one is that it's a rather beautiful GT3 R race car that's also a hybrid. Don't worry, they haven't gone all airy-fairy Priusy on us - the GT3 R features a 4.0-litre flat-six that delivers 473bhp to the rear wheels, while the front wheels receive 80bhp-ish each from a pair of electric motors.
Brilliantly, the electric motors work on a KERS-style system that captures braking energy in a flywheel generator, then allows the driver to deploy it in short bursts rather than it just generally adding to the power.

So, you get an exciting thrust button like in a video game, plus the handling dynamics won't be compromised as the electrickery is largely equivalent in bulk and weight to the four-wheel-drive system that would have been there, so it's win-win. Lovely.

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