• Jul 9th 2010 at 12:59PM
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Autocar gets the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid on track – Click above to watch video after the jump

Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe and Top Gear magazine spent a day lapping the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid down straights and over the kerbs, and they both caught the action in moving images. Sutcliffe gives running commentary on what it's like to drive, notably explaining how he has to make sure not to add that extra 160-horsepower electric boost coming out of corners.

Of course, if you prefer your videos strong and silent, then the Top Gear vid is for you – nothing but the sound of the racer doing its thing. Grab your popcorn and follow the jump.

[Sources: Autocar, Top Gear]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      WOT sounds sweet.

      Lets see how else porsche uses the hybrid tech. Getting interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the 918 spyder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rechargeable "boost"? Talk about the real world and the videogame world colliding... All they need next is a long section of induction coils on the track and a giant coil in the car to pick the charge and then you can mix F-Zero in with your rechargeable boost :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My question is: How does the hp per lbs compare to a conventional engine of the same weight of both the hybrid components and combustion engine combined.

      Note that i didnt say displacement.

      I know thats defeating the purpose...but it pokes at how far hybrid refinement has come (or not) to date.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are not directly comparable. The flywheel is like another fuel tank and in that respect the energy density of the flywheel is very low compared with gasoline (though comparable with batteries). On the other hand, the flywheel will capture a lot of braking energy on a track with many slow corners and will save a lot a fuel, therefore it is useful in races where cars have to make a lot of fuel stops because hybrids stop fewer times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most hybrids though do not "brag" about HP per pound though. Rather torque and it's readily available right off the bat. I'm not saying Porsche has, but the tesla roadster is a quick car due to how quickly it can accelerate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish all hybrids were like this. think about tax and fuel savings (depending on driving) and still have a car you can have fun with. So far the car looks like its been a great engineering exercise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a mix of a car and a high powered RC car:P
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