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Hulk Gets All The Fun

by F1Fan on April 24, 2010

The life of a Formula One Driver seems pretty damn good to me. Not only do they get to drive some of the most potent race machinery on the planet, at exotic locations around the globe and in most cases get paid very well for the privilege, in their spare time they occasionally get invited to drive some pretty neat cars.

Thats what happened to Nico Hulkenberg recently who was invited by Porsche to test their new 911 GT3 R Hybrid around the Nürburgring Nordscheife circuit.

In preparation for the Nürburgring 24 hour race on 15/16 May the AT&T Williams Formula 1 driver tested the orange and white liveried racing GT3 Hybrid in the lead up to the third round of the VLN Long Distance Championship.

Hulkenberg completed three laps in his Nordschleife debut in a race prepared sportscar and was able to get an idea of the performance of GT3 R Hybrid which uses the hybrid system originally developed by Williams and manufactured byWilliams Hybrid Power

“This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche, surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”

Hulkenberg commented after completing the test and went on to talk about the circuit:

“This circuit is unique – you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here,”

In the 911 GT3 Hybrid, two electric motors on the front axle developing 82 hp (60 kW ) each supplementing the 480 hp (353 kilowatt) four-litre flat-six at the rear. Instead of the batteries used in today’s hybrid road cars, the GT3 Hybrid uses an electrical flywheel power generator to deliver energy to the electric motors. The flywheel generator when compared to a battery, has the advantage of storing and delivering high amounts of energy very quickly.

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.

I want one!

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