PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS, R AND R HYBRID AT 2010 NURBURGRING 24HR
After taking the lead on the first lap, the Porsche GT3 R appeared favorite to win the 2010 Nurburgring 24 Hours race. Porsche had won the race for the last 4 years, but a crash knocked the GT3 R out of the race.
Another strong contender from Porsche, the GT3 R Hybrid was gathering a lot if attention as it started strongly. However, mechanical issues forced it to exit the race after nearly a full day of racing. Chairman of the Board at Porsche AG, Michael Macht came to a positive conclusion: "It wasn't enough for a win, but the Porsche hybrid technology clearly proved its potential at one of the world's toughest races. We will continue developing this innovative drive concept; that certainly was not the last race for a Porsche hybrid car."
While the favorites were out of contention, a street-legal Porsche 911 GT3 RS road car finished the 145 lap race in an exceptional 13th place finish overall. One of its drivers, ex-DTM driver Roland Asch commented, "Never in my wildest dreams did I think a street car could not only keep up with such a demanding race, but could also finish so far up the field. After this race there is no doubt the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the best sports car in the world!"
In addition to the GT3 RS road car, four other Porsche 911s finished in the top 13.