Porsche 911 Hybrid

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
John Voelcker
Green Car Reports, February 13th, 2010

Porsche Builds A Competition-Caliber Hybrid
Tony Borroz
Wired Autotopia, February 11, 2010

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