Porsche readies its lineup for the upcoming Nurburgring 24 hour race with the new, 480hp 911 GT3 R leading the pack.
Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France), and Marc Lieb (Germany), as well as Manthey pilot Marcel Tiemann (Monaco) pilot will be behind the wheel of the GT3 R.
At rounds one and two of the VLN Long Distance Championship Nurburgring, the team's racer saw the chequered flag in first place. "I was impressed with the new 911 GT3 R right from the start with its extremely predictable handling and reliability," enthused Timo Bernhard.
Attracting much attention will be the innovative Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which has been designed to be particularly conservative with fuel. Its 480 hp combustion engine at the rear is supplemented by two 60-kilowatt electric motors powering the front axle. Under braking, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid converts kinetic energy (that would otherwise be wasted) into electrical energy and stores it in a specialised flywheel to be released at the driver's command to deliver additional performance.
Due to its good performance at the second VLN race, finishing in third with a gap of 1:09 minutes after fours hours, the organizers mandated a 25kg handicap weight. The vehicle now competes weighing 1,375 kg instead of 1,350 kilograms.
Also competing in the midst of around 200 race cars is a road-going Porsche 911. The GT3 RS is intended to demonstrate that a standard sports car from Stuttgart is up to the challenge of a 24-hour race.
The 38th running of the Nurburgring 24 Hours starts on May 15th at 3:00pm. The flag drops on May 16th at 3pm.