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.
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.