Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Racing Plans Announced
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The racecar, launched at Geneva in March, will run at the American Le Mans Series finale 'Petit Le Mans' at Road Atlanta on October 2. The race runs over a distance of 1,000 miles or a maximum of ten hours. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will not be eligible for points, as hybrid technology is not yet included in the GT regulations.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid will then again be competing for no points at the new Le Mans International Cup finale, a six hour race in Zhuhai, China on November 7.
"After the 911 GT3 R Hybrid's fantastic performance at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, we are now eager to gain more experience with the hybrid technology on a variety of race tracks," Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. "At the same time, we would like to show fans and customers in our most important markets how our 'race lab' performs under racing conditions," adds Kristen.
The production-based GT race car uses a hybrid technology purpose-built for racing, with two electric motors (60 kW each) featured on the front axle and the 480 hp naturally aspirated four-liter flat-six driving the rear wheels. What is really interesting about this car is that drivers can manually utilize the stored energy with a boost-paddle on the steering wheel for overtaking.
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