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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nico Hülkenberg laps the Nurburgring In Porsche's GT3 Hybrid

Another day and yet an-other video surfaces of a supercar setting a time around the 'ring. We could all be forgiven for thinking the 12 miles of graffiti covered tarmac in Germany was the only race track on the planet.

We recently featured a lightly modified (roll cage ) BMW e-Mini lapping the Nurburgring. While the e Mini was the first fully electric vehicle to tackle the Nurburgring, Porsche is already well advanced with its hybrid-powered 911 GT3 R race car, recently completing two races at the track.

Designed to compete in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race in June the 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses two electric motors powered by a flywheel generator, which captures energy normally lost in heat through the brakes. Unlike a battery, which stores electricity, the flywheel generator stores mechanical energy, later converting it to electricity for use in the motors.

Williams F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg put the 911 GT3 R Hybrid through its paces at ye-old road circuit in preparation for the 24 hour race. No word on what kind of time was posted, but he said in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car.

The link between Williams and the hybrid Porsche? The Flywheel technology used in the 911 GT3 R is supplied to Porsche by Williams Hybrid Power.

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