porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0

    If at first you don't succeed ... make your race car better. That's the principle behind yesterday's launch of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0. It's the second iteration of Porsche's ground-breaking 911 endurance racer fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. The first version of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, revealed exactly a year ago, led the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in its maiden competition run, until a mechanical failure forced it to retire just a few hours before the checkered flag. That failure, Porsche hastens to point out, was in the combustion engine, not any of the hybrid...

  • Audi R15 TDI, Peugeot 908 HDI, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at Petit Le Mans
    Peugeot, Audi Diesels Lead Petit Le Mans, Porsche Hybrid Finishes Race

    Endurance racing has more than its share of heartbreak. For Porsche Motorsport, this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta provided sweet relief to a galling memory: Its unique 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car retired less than two hours before the checkered flag during May's 24 Hours of Nurburgring...

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    Tuning Porsche's 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car: It's All Software

    Road Atlanta -- Two days before the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid competes for the first time on U.S. soil, the head of its development team said the company plans further development of the technology. Dr. Daniel Armbruster, whose official title is manager of the motorsports development process for the...

  • Jaguar FHSPV at CENEX
    Jaguar Tests Flywheel Hybrid System Just Like Racing Porsche

    Since Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Indian carmaker Tata in TK, the luxury maker has stepped out a bit. Their green efforts have taken down several interesting technology paths that seem unlikely had they stayed underneath the Blue Oval of Dearborn. The latest to surface is a demonstration vehicle...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in action
    Why Are Luxury and Sports Brands Going Green? To Survive

    It was so much easier just a few short years ago. Luxury cars wafted and sports machines roared, with nary a thought to gasoline consumed. Hybrids were for weenies, and everyone knew their place. But now? A hybrid Ferrari, a hybrid Porsche race car, an electric BMW ... what is the world coming to?...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Nurburgring
    Corvette Could Go Hybrid, Says GM Head Engineer; World To End?

    Last week, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM's vice president of global vehicle engineering, set to rest rumors of a mid-engine next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. That got a lot of attention among Corvette fans. But a footnote to the story was that Stracke said not only that a hybrid Corvette was...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

    Porsche have already stunned their sports car fans during the past decade by offering diesel and hybrid versions of their Cayenne sports utility vehicle. More recently, they've had success in racing with their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which provides up to 160 extra horsepower via a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to the front wheels, for short bursts of extra traction. Now the German sports car company has confirmed they've begun trials on full electric vehicles, and testing has begun on three Boxster models with electric drivetrains. The test cars will be used to provide data on new electric...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in action
    Testing World's Fastest Hybrid Racer: Long 'Still Charged Up'

    What's it like driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the world's fastest hybrid vehicle? Ask driver Patrick Long, and he'll tell you he's "still pretty charged up (forgive the pun)" after returning to the States following two weeks of testing the car on the Lausitzring circuit outside Berlin. We...

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