Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller - 2010 Le Mans Winners - Back "Home" to Race the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Stuttgart/Atlanta - August 25, 2010 -- Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas ...
Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller - 2010 Le Mans Winners - Back "Home" to Race the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
Stuttgart/Atlanta - August 25, 2010 -- Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France), along with former Porsche factory and current Audi pilot Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) - winners of this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans - return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) as teammates in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid for the October 2 Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.
The innovative Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid features two electric motors on the front axles, each developing 60 kilowatts to supplement the 480 horsepower normally-aspirated rear-mounted engine.
At the 1,000 mile or ten hour race (whichever comes first) which serves as the finale for the American Le Mans Series season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will not be eligible for points, as hybrid technology is not yet included in the GT regulations.
"Our priorities are to further develop the hybrid technology and to optimize the fuel consumption under racing conditions. Nevertheless, I'm very interested to see how we compare to the GT2 cars," says Timo Bernhard.
"Nowhere is the competition in the GT segment as hard as it is here in the USA," adds Dumas.
As a driver pairing, Bernhard and Dumas have already notched up many historical victories, including the ALMS title in the LMP2 prototype class in 2007 and 2008, the overall win at the 2008 Sebring 12 Hours, as well as three overall victories at the Nurburgring 24 hour race from 2007 to 2009. In January, Rockenfeller claimed victory in a Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype at the 24 Hours at Daytona race.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which demonstrated the potential of its groundbreaking technology over the first 22 hours and 15 minutes at this year's Nurburgring 24 hour race and led the overall classification for more than eight hours, exemplifies the philosophy of "Porsche Intelligent Performance". Under braking, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in a flywheel that spins up to 40,000 rpm. During acceleration, this energy is delivered to the front wheels, supporting the combustion engine. This leads to a reduction in fuel consumption, increasing the cruising range and lessens the need for refuelling pitstops.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car is one of three different hybrid technologies from Porsche, and joins the Full Parallel Cayenne S Hybrid and the 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid concept recently announced for production.
-source: porsche motosport