Despite claims to the contrary just a few days ago, plans are now emerging for a hybrid Porsche to be built on the 911 platform. And this is not any old half-cocked hybrid, either. Nope, Porsche are embracing the technology at full tilt by sticking a 120kW electric-gizmo-thingy in the passenger seat of the Ã¼ber track-only GT3 R. Let’s not forget the old-skool internal combustion power already found in the GT3 R offers some 360kW.
KERS may have been a flash in the pan in Formula One, but Porsche is adopting a similar approach with the GT3 R Hybrid. The heart of the system sits beside the driver and derives enough energy under braking to power a flywheel at speeds of up to 40,000rpm. That energy is released to two motors powering the front wheels giving a 120kW boost, offering increased acceleration out of corners and enhancing overtaking opportunities. The power boost will last for 6â€“8 seconds and is activated by a button on the steering wheel. On paper, it’s a pretty neat solution when you think about it.
Nothing concrete has been released by Porsche at this stageâ€”the GT3 R Hybrid is scheduled for a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show (4â€“14 March). The car’s race debut is set to follow soon after at the gruelling NÃ¼rburgring 24 hour race in May. Porsche currently enjoys a four-race winning streak at the event. It is understood Porsche also hopes to use hybrid race technology at Le Mans from 2012.