Williams F1 driver Nico HÃ¼lkenberg has driven the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid around the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife ahead of the third round in the VLN championship.
It was the first time “The Hulk” had driven around the Ring in a tin top racecar and speaking after his drive he said, “This circuit is uniqueâ€”you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here. Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”
HÃ¼lkenberg’s opportunity came about due to Williams Hybrid Power supplying the electromechanical flywheel system used in the GT3 R Hybrid. The unit provides energy recovery, storage and distribution found in the car.
More pics, video and Porsche press release after the jump.
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Formula 1 pilot Nico HÃ¼lkenberg makes successful Nordschleife debut
Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid has passed its most unusual task by now with flying colours in preparation for the NÃ¼rburgring 24 hour race on 15/16 May: AT&T Williams Formula 1 pilot Nico HÃ¼lkenberg tested the orange and white liveried racing 911 on the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife in the lead up to the third round of the VLN Long Distance Championship and was enthusiastic with many aspects: â€œGreat car, fascinating technology and an incomparable track,â€ concluded HÃ¼lkenberg.
The Formula 1 pilot turned three laps at his Nordschleife debut in a race car and was able to get an idea of the perfect interplay of all the hybrid system components. â€œThis test was great fun. Iâ€™m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche,â€ said HÃ¼lkenberg. One of the components of the hybrid system, the flywheel generator installed inside the cockpit, was designed and manufactured by Williams Hybrid Power following Porscheâ€™s specifications.
â€œThis circuit is unique â€“ you canâ€™t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time Iâ€™ll drive here,â€ said HÃ¼lkenberg, who has driven only single-seaters on the race circuit. â€œSurprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.â€
In the 911 GT3 Hybrid, two electric motors at the front axle developing 60 kW (82 hp) each supplement the 353 kilowatt (480 hp) four-litre flat-six at the rear. Instead of the batteries used in hybrid road cars, an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit beside the driver delivers energy to the electric motors. Compared to a battery, the flywheel generator has the advantage of storing and delivering high amounts of energy considerably quicker.
Thanks to its sophisticated electronic control, the innovative hybrid drive of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid automatically provides optimal efficiency at racing speed. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motors fulfils a simple objective: Less fuel consumption without compromising performance. When overtaking or accelerating out of a bend, the driver can manually override the controls by pressing the boost paddle on the steering wheel and sending energy from the charged flywheel generator to the front axle. This additional power of 120 kilowatts is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately six to eight seconds.