Porsche 911 GT3R Hybrid Gears Up For North American Racing Debut

September 30, 2010 / No Comments

Porsche’s 480-horsepower 911 GT3R hybrid vehicle will make its North American racing debut at the competition of the Petit Le Mans (PLM) in the unclassified category. The race will test the GT3R’s on-track abilities and its unique hybrid propulsion system.

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The propulsion system of the car consists of two 60 kW electric motors. These motors spin the front wheels and a 480-horsepower flat-six engine tries to send the rear tires up in smoke. The electric motors capture kinetic energy during braking.

This is stored in an electromechanical flywheel and is released it automatically during cruising or on demand while pushing the button. It is said that the flywheel hybrid system allows the GT3R to run efficiently on the track. It also helps in reducing wear and tear on vital parts like brake pads.

The 1,000-mile, 10-hour race will take place on this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. EST at Road Atlanta. Speed Network will broadcast live coverage of the event throughout the day. Are you gonna watch the race?

(Via AutoBlogGreen)