Volkswagen and Porsche are working together towards an ambitious goal: an integrated automotive group. With its wealth of expertise in sports car production, Porsche is set to play a key role in the Group going forward. The brand is already redefining the future of the sports car with its Intelligent Performance concept. The aim is to increase performance while reducing consumption – on the racetrack today, and on the roads tomorrow. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid shows exactly what Porsche has in mind.
It looks like a racing car, drives like a racing car, and sounds like a racing car. But the white-and-orange-colored 911 is a unique kind of vehicle, with a 353 kW (480 PS) six-cylinder racing engine at the rear and two electric motors at the front axle, both rated at 60 kW (82 PS). The hybrid vehicle’s color scheme is symbolic of pure energy: “Orange is also the color of the high voltage cables that feed the electric motors in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid,” explains Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche. He is proud of what his team has set in motion in just eleven months of development: a hybrid racing vehicle, the only one of its kind.
EFFICIENCY WINS THE DAY
Following the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring and the 1,000-mile “Petit Le Mans” at Road Atlanta, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid ended its first racing season in early November with the 1,000-kilometer race in Zhuhai, China – and astounded the competition: Thanks to its pioneering drive concept, the hybrid sports car, which was competing in the special GTH (Grand Touring Hybrid) class, required one pit stop fewer than the next-placed GT contestant. Porsche test drivers Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister are full of praise: “We had both the most efficient and the fastest GT car. That’s what Porsche Intelligent Performance means.”
HIGHER EFFICIENCY, LOWER CONSUMPTION –
Porsche has long been committed to electromobility as a way of protecting the environment and resources. The concept of Porsche Intelligent Performance is based on increasing efficiency while reducing consumption. The hybrid system in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid (pictured on the left) was specially developed for racing. The electrically powered front axle, which does not require a differential lock, will go into series production by 2013 at the latest.