Hybrid Porsche 911 GT3 R Finishes In 18th Place In ALMS Debut

Porsche’s Hybrid 911 GT3 R managed an 18th place finish in its first American Le Mans Series race over the weekend. The car could have done much better however it suffered from a bad tire choice made by the team, by all accounts the KERS hybrid system worked flawlessly throughout the race.

The a Kinetic Energy Recovery System is a technology used in Formula 1 in the 2009 season and due to be reintroduced in 2011. It’s essentially a flywheel that stores energy otherwise lost under braking by spinning at up to 50,000rpm on low resistance bearings. When the driver needs the power boost they hit the KERS button and off they go. Imagine it as a sort of NOX system that can improve fuel economy by up to 20%, that 20% is a huge deal when it comes to racing where every gram of weight and fraction of a percentage of power is pursued relentlessly.

We’ll keep you up to date on the progress made by the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid as it continues racing and perfecting its hybrid system.

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