Audi Le Mans Winning Squad To Drive the 911 GT3 R Hybrid in ALMS

Porsche announced that this year’s Le Mans-winning trio, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) will become teammates in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

The three will take part in the Road Atlanta ALMS race (the last one of the season) that will take place on October 2, where they will drive the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

The vehicle will take part in the 1,000 mile race of Atlanta with development purposes, as the car will not be eligible for points - this is because hybrid technology is not yet included in the GT regulations.

"Our priorities are to further develop the hybrid technology and to optimise the fuel consumption under racing conditions. Nevertheless, I’m very interested to see how we compare to the GT2 cars,” said Bernhard. “Nowhere is the competition in the GT segment as hard as it is here in the USA,” added Dumas.

The three have won multiple competitions besides the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hour race, with some of the examples being’s Rockenfeller’s success in the Daytona 24 hour race (January, Porsche-powered Prototype) or Bernhard & Dumas’ 2007 and 2008 LMP2 prototype class titles.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid comes with a powertrain consisting of a rear-mounted six-cylinder naturally aspirated boxer petrol engine that delivers 480 hp and two electric motors that are placed at the front axle and produce 82 hp each. The vehicle also comes with an Intelligent kinetic energy recuperation system.

Under braking, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in a flywheel. During acceleration, this energy is automatically delivered to the front wheels, supporting the combustion engine. This leads to a reduction in fuel consumption and increases the cruising range. Moreover, drivers can manually utilise the stored energy with a boost-paddle on the steering wheel for overtaking,” stated the press release.
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