Green Racing. Hybrid Porsche. Williams F1. Nurburgring 24 Hours

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Ok – slightly sideways with this post even if it is something that we all love. Green motorsport might not yet be on your agenda…Porsche on the other hand, with the help of Williams F1 have it very much in their sites. So much so that the Williams Formula 1 team has supplied it’s hybrid power system to Porsche for use in the next generation 911 GT3-R. A neat little Middle Eastern twist for those that don’t know is that the team will continue to develop the system in their new research facility in Qatar.

For the geeks amongst us the hybrid 911 takes a conventional GT3 R race car (conventional is an oxymoron) and adds an electrically powered front axle. Two electric motors each developing 60kW turn the front wheels, complementing the flat six’s 473bhp mega twist to the rear meat sticks. It should be pointed out that it isn’t a full hybrid, rather its has an electric flywheel power generator to create short bursts of electricity to drive the front axle, with said generator sitting next to the driver. Kerrs then….which is pretty cool when used right!

The car will be put to good use during the 24hrs race at the ‘Ring. No word yet who will run it though! Either way, this is a great step in the right direction in my mind.

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