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We head to the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta to check out the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. This sports car utilizes KERS flywheel tech to store kinetic energy under braking which, in turn, offers the driver an electric performance boost at the push of a button. Will the new eco ethos at Porsche send green motoring into warp drive?


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      • 29 Days Ago
      WOW!! This car is amazing! It would great with me sitting in it! Nice to dream,huh?!! I love it!
      • 29 Days Ago
      Good video! It's going to be interesting to watch the evolution of KERS technology over the next several years.
      wongtpa
      • 29 Days Ago
      Thats what I call a hybird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      dkp50
      • 29 Days Ago
      Now,What the HEll are you going to do with a Paocket Rocket like this? Do 80 mph in 35 zone? do 150 on the Freeway? Then Loose your License, if not your Life? Or worse, Kill someone else?

      and How about the insurance, just for a Boxster.. How about $3,000 a Yr!

      Just like GM using Our BAIL OUT $ to Build those Muscel Cars? What for? If forced to sell them for just what they cost to Make them? They would be $10k more..

      and Let's stop this Subcidizing these Gas Guzzlers.. They should have to pay 50 cents more per gallon and the rest of us 50 cents Less,,not that Phony Gas Guzzler tax ..
        parodex
        • 29 Days Ago
        @dkp50
        Well stud, this car was made at a place someone can DIVE it like it was made, not like here in the states! As for your muscle car statement, just becuase people happen to make something you don't like sure as hell doesn't mean they shouldn't make them! If it was up to you, the ONLY thing that would be made and sold are the thing YOU happen to agree with! You're not much different than our own govenment stud, it's your way or it's stupid and shouldn't be done! Go away, crawl back into your hole and not be heard from anymore, you're kind of person is worthless and unwanted by anyone.
        • 29 Days Ago
        @dkp50
        Dude, it's not a production car. It's a RACE CAR, designed for TRACK RACING. kthxbai.
      monoblocks
      • 29 Days Ago
      Yes its tech is cool and cutting-edge, but right now the GT3R Hybrid is still down on overall speed compared to conventional gasoline-only racers. As Porsche and others develop and refine this type of technology and in particular figure out how to limit or even eliminate the extra weight brought on by the hybrid systems, the potential--especially for street cars--is very much in force.
      chuckhalper
      • 29 Days Ago
      Six seconds of extra boost, is a good example of the limitations in using electicity to power a road vehicle.
        alfredschrader
        • 29 Days Ago
        @chuckhalper
        No, it's an example of using a heavy flywheel & housing. The Strobe Drive uses lightweight condensers soon to be made of carbon nano-tubes.
        The more Farads used, the more seconds you get. And I'm talking seat belts, full 360 airbags, eye protection & helmet required....Alfred-
      insptidetown
      • 29 Days Ago
      What an over-priced piece of doodah, flywheel in center next to driver, must be only for race track. So many cars out there that can smoke this car silly for alot less, short term and long term. Like the Nissan 350Z. Porches are all hype, how about making it REALISTICALLY priced and not just for 3% of the population. Ain't nothing special about this technology if it costs more upfront to buy. Gas price < Initial Hybrid & Maintenence costs, that's how we want it, not the other way around.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 29 Days Ago
        @insptidetown
        hey vince,...how 'bout cuttin' a company some slack, huh?...and for your information,...IT WAS FERNDINAND PORSCHE WHO FRIGGIN' INVENTED THE HYBRID ENGINE, dillrod!...know your auto motive history before you critisize something,...,yes,...over 100 years ago, porsche invented the first hybrid engine,...this company has, and continues to be,...all about innovation,...how do you think they've survived lo these many years,...look at the 911,...engine totally in the wrong place,...but did that stop them,...no,...it is probably the most spectacular car in motorsports history,...engineered all the flaws out of that engine placement,...where today it whips almost every other cars ass!,...yes,...including that techno piece of crap, the nissan gtr,...which the new 2011 911 turbo decimates!...so cut this company a bit of slack,...would ya?
      omaee entertainment LLc
      I multifuel inline 3 liter three l 4valve spark L,1 center glowplug
      and right air compressed, subliniar biliniar and horzon left with
      the spool generator rotating forward and down towards to front of
      the chassis under the engine rotating up if engine is rear mounted.

      order is 2,1,3, bio D, natural gas liquid center steam supplamented with additives to fuel. no.2 is 4valve gas and 1,3, is a no valves glowplug center, and no valve 2 way aircompressed manifold reliefed
      3rd upper intake to low sub gas refining lower case each cyl is
      1 liter with 1 third the stroke for more rpms at lower velocity.

      • 29 Days Ago
      who you?
      ad1bc
      • 29 Days Ago
      There IS a race class for such fuels. It's called the American Le Mans Series which runs a Green Challenge, offering awards for the best combination of low carbon emissions and best speed, recognizing E85, E15, biofuel and low-carbon diesel. The Porsche Hybrid was entered in the final race of the season, the Petit Le Mans (10 hours or 1,000 miles, whichever came first) and I watched it do very well against its competiton, including the Corvette, demonstrating speed, economy, low emissions and endurance.
      • 29 Days Ago
      I watched this car at the Petite LeMans (Oct2). The car (due to class) started dead last. In the first 3 laps it passed 5 cars. It finished 18th overall. It passed the Corvette (2nd in Class) but lost the position to pit stops. With a radar gun at Turn 9 it clocked 164mph. At the chicaine before the bridge it clocked 110mph (Corvette: 101mph).
      YES DADDY, I WANT ONE!
      cdarrellgzmryz
      • 29 Days Ago
      I wonder how it would do against a Corvette zr1?
        john
        • 29 Days Ago
        @cdarrellgzmryz
        Yeah the ZR1 would leave it till the first gas station...
        Smoothoperator
        • 29 Days Ago
        @cdarrellgzmryz
        The ZR -1 would destroy the doofus porsche (as usual)incidently--the ZR-1 also beats the Ferrari!!!!(Much less expensive to buy also)
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