• Apr 11th 2010 at 9:01AM
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Porsche's new 911 GT3 R Hybrid is making rapid progress in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. After finishing sixth in its debut outing two weeks ago, it moved up to third place this weekend. Porsche factory drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler praised the new flywheel hybrid car as they ran a trouble-free four-hour race.

The drivers were pleased with the extra 120 kilowatts of electric power available, especially as they accelerated out of corners. The electro-mechanical drive system also cut the car's fuel consumption considerably, with the hybrid requiring one fewer pit stop than all the other 911s. Hopefully if the car keeps running this well, we'll indeed see it run in the American Le Mans Series later this year.

  • VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nuerburgring 2010, 35. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen (2010-04-10): Foto: Jan Brucke
  • VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nuerburgring 2010, 35. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen (2010-04-10): Foto: Jan Brucke
  • VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nuerburgring 2010, 57. ADAC Westfalenfahrt (2010-03-27): Foto: Jan Brucke

[Source: Porsche]


Second Porsche win in a row – 911 GT3 R Hybrid on podium

Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 has again underlined its supremacy as the world's most successful GT race car: At the second race of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R celebrated its second straight win. The innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which features two electric motors supplementing the combustion engine in the rear, finished third. Seven Porsche 911 were amongst the top ten finishers.

In a repeat of the season-opening race, the yellow-green Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Manthey Racing ran without any technical problems from start to finish. The result for the driver trio Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and Marcel Tiemann (Monaco): Win number two of the season.

Works drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler (both Germany) drove an entirely trouble free race in the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The hybrid vehicle impressed with outstanding efficiency and needed one less pit stop than most competitors. "The hybrid system clearly helped us to save fuel. Moreover, it's a great feeling to have those extra 120 kW from the electric motors when you accelerate out of the corners," describes Joerg Bergmeister.

Mamerow Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 R with drivers Chris Mamerow and Sascha Bert (both Germany) also put in an excellent drive until they were sidelined by an accident while running second.

The standard Porsche 911 GT3 RS was taken through another test for the 24 hour race in May. "We made some changes to the set-up during the practice and race in preparation for the 24 hour race," explains former DTM pilot Roland Asch (Germany). "When you're in the middle of the race action, you almost forget you're sitting in a road-going car. I'm very much looking forward to contesting the 24 hour race."

Round three of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship takes off on 24 April at midday with a duration of four hours.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      the LFA (SP8) isn't in the same class or performance category the SP9 cars (Porsche GT3 RSR, Audi R8LMS, BMW M3 GTR, BMW Z4 GT3) are. The SP9 class was made specifically for GT3 spec cars. Even though the LFA has more HP with 560 compared to the 450-500HP for the SP9 cars, it weighs a lot more. SP8 class is close to production, not GT3 or Cup race cars. Look up the rules and the categories. The SP9 cars are race cars, weighing 2500-2600lbs. The LFA is 'close to production' SP8 class, probably with a weight close to 3000-3100lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the LFA doesn't need to be fast or win races , the price alone makes it a winner !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still not feeling this car. More KERS, hybrids, etc.....keep it simple. The standard Porsches do just fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I'm not saying a Porsche is simple by any means but more simple than a hybrid/KERS setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Prius could use some of this
      • 5 Years Ago
      just a sidenote...

      The fastest Lexus LF-A finished 17. place this time driven by german Ring Experts... BUT it is stil 20s each lap slwoer than the fastest cars in the field the 2. place finisher Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS (8:38.5min < 8:18.2min)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The drivers I wouldn't consider "ring experts" Not compared to drivers like Walter Rhol for example......
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lexus Driver

        Armin Hahne..
        ex DTM race driver (over 100 races)
        1991 1.place 24h northloop BMW M3
        2008 2. place 24h northloop (Manthey Porsche)
        1982/83 winner 24h Spa
        1985 winner Barthust 1000

        Jochen Krumbach
        2008 2.place northloop together with Armin Hahne on Manthey Porsche

        just to think about
        the SP8 class is only 50kg more heavy than the SP9 class but allows much more displacement up to 6.25l and more power...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Dyson Lola fits the regs of P2... the hybrid 911 doesn't fit into any class regs. So it will not race, even as an "exhibition." Are they just going to throw in on track? No.
      If the Lizards are in the midst of a close points race by the time of PLM, don't expect them to get distracted by some exhibit; besides, Porsche wouldn't do something like that to their "factory" team. Porsche isn't that dumb.
      For more, take a look at the ALMS fan chat rooms regarding this same car. Maybe next year at some point, or 2012.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i was under the impression that current ACO/ALMS rules prohibit the use of flywheels for energy recovery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What you forgot to highlight was that the GT3 without KERS finished first even with the extra pit stop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A podium finish the second time out is a great result. This IS the future.

        I'm old enough to remember when the Lotus and later the turbines came to Indy. The traditionalists argued that the old stuff was good enough so why change. The "funny cars" became the norm but unfortunately the turbines were legislated out of racing. I hope that the racing community recognizes that our sport is the crucible for new ideas and to embrace them rather than stick our heads in the sand.

        As a fan of the Flying Lizard team, I would love to see the factory send one of those cars over here and let the Lizards run it for the rest of the season.
        • 5 Years Ago
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