Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Version 2.0 wins twice... well, sort of

Porsche's groundbreaking 911 GT3 R Hybrid made its return – in Version 2.0 trim – to the American Le Mans Series in mid-September at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Starting from the back of the 35-vehicle pack – that's where the prototypes are forced to line up – the GT3 R Hybrid, driven by Romain Dumas and Richard Lietz, climbed its way up, finishing tenth overall and beating all GT-class competitors.

In its second on-track event, the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid whipped around the course at the ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey, finishing the race in tenth place overall and, once again, first in the GT class. The frugal GT3 R pitted three times (compared to the five stops of its competition) during the six-hour race, posted the fastest single lap in its class and proved that fuel efficiency remains ever-so crucial out on the track.

Version 2.0 of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid sports two 75-kilowatt electric motors on the front axle supplementing the vehicle's 465-horsepower 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine at the rear. Version 2.0 tips the scales at 2,860 pounds, down 110 pounds compared to its predecessor. Most importantly, Version 2.0 sips fuel at a reduced rate (estimated by Porsche at ten percent less) compared to the conventional 911 GT3 R racer.

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