Geneva Motor Show: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid – One Badass Leaf
Seeing the unveiling of the new 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, has me looking at hybrid technology in a new and much more positive way. I believe hybrids are good for the planet, and spending less money on gas – usually used for mundane errands – is a good thing. But the current hybrids available are boring. Well I’m happy to report that this is not your art teacher’s Prius. And of course it’s not, it’s a GT3 race car built by Porsche, which will be competing in the upcoming 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
Like the developing F1 systems, it has regenerative braking, and the extra electric power (up to 120kW) can be used in 6-8 second bursts. What’s new about this system is that instead of carrying heavy batteries, it has a generator that rides shotgun to the driver. The energy is sent from the flywheel to the motor and saved as potential energy. Two electic motors then deliver power to the front axles.
110 years ago Ferdinand Porsche made the world’s first hybrid car. I wonder if he ever expected that technology to be put in a light-weight race car, with 480hp in the trunk and a race cage, being hurtled around the ‘Ring. I’m not sure if he did, but I’m glad Porsche is doing something with Hybrid technology besides making boring soap-shaped commuter cars. Hopefully (cross you fingers, all of you) this is a moment of genesis from which high-performance hybrids, and hybrid modifications, will come.
All the fun parts we like to bolt on our cars have their roots in motor sport, and hopefully that trend continues. If in 10 years the only car I can get is a hybrid, I’m at least hopeful that there will be a model on the lot that has it’s roots in this 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. If that happens, I’ll send a thank you note to Mr. Porche’s nearest relative. Check the press release below for more details.