Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid to Make Debut Race at Petit Le Mans

Porsche GT3 R Hybrid at the track

In brief: At the North American Petit Le Mans, five alternative energy sources will be debuted to the North American racing circuit including the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

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Make/Model: 911 GT3 R Hybrid
Manufacturer: Porsche

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

The Porsche will race for the first time in North America at The American Le Mans in October at Road Atlanta. The GT3 R Hybrid is equipped with a flywheel kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) which was tested in Formula One.

The car first debuted in April at Germany's Nurburgring race circuit in a six hour event and then the Porsche hybrid entered the 24 hours of Nurburgring in May.

At Petit Le Mans in North America, the GT3 R Hybrid is racing as a regular vehicle in the production-based class as there are no special rules for hybrids.

Other racers will be using clean diesel, E10, cellulosic E85, isobutanol, and an electric hybrid.

And so ...

Very cool and while KERS was considered a relatively failure in the F1 circuit, it may be better suited to the longer-range, lower speeds of Le Mans. This is what Porsche hopes to prove.

Photo credits: Le Mans

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