The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is on display at the New York Auto Show. Make sure to stop by if you are around.
Porsche parked its orange-and-white 911 GT3 R Hybrid at a media event on Tuesday at a former bathhouse in the East Village, where the racecar was definitely the hottest body in the room.
But you don’t have to look for a hybrid battery pack inside the Porsche, or wonder where it would fit in the rear-engined racer. Like a conventional hybrid, the Porsche does capture energy from its brakes. But instead of a battery, the Porsche stores the electricity in a huge flywheel generator that is plopped next to the driver. That flywheel sends brief 160-horsepower squirts of power to the Porsche’s front wheels through dual electric motors, giving the Porsche a burst of acceleration while momentarily turning it into an all-wheel-drive car. At all times, the roughly 480-horsepower internal combustion engine continues to power the rear wheels.