This is very cool:
“But in its experimental 911 GT3 R Hybrid test car, Porsche has taken a different tack toward energy conservation for racing. It uses an adaptation of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology first built into Formula 1 race cars.
Rather than a battery, that system is based on a flywheel, mounted where the passenger seat would normally sit and spinning at speeds up to 40,000 rpm, to capture energy reclaimed from braking.
At the press of a button, the flywheel releases its kinetic energy to power a generator that provides up to eight seconds of electricity to two 60-kilowatt electric motors in the front wheel hubs. The boost serves to maximize exit speed from a corner or to pass another car.”
That’s what I want for Valentines Day !
Video after the jump . . .
The highly anticipated new Porsche 911 GT 3 R Hybrid will debut in Geneva. More details are available now at Porsche.com.
Porsche 911 Hybrid Test Car Uses Flywheel To Store Energy
Green Car Reports, February 13th, 2010
Porsche Builds A Competition-Caliber Hybrid
Wired Autotopia, February 11, 2010