For the first 22 hours and 15 minutes of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid demonstrated pretty conclusively that being able to go 25 percent further on every tank of gas can be very beneficial in endurance racing. After running at the front of the 200 car pack in the first hour and then falling back with a tire puncture, the hybrid stormed back into the lead. From hour 14, the new flywheel-hybrid-equipped sportscar led the field for more than eight hours.
Unfortunately for the orange and white car, the internal combustion part of the powertrain packed it in with just over 100 minutes left in the race. It's not clear what the engine problem was, but the hybrid system developed by the Williams Formula One team apparently performed very well. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of this car starting this summer in the American Le Mans Series.