The Porsche Motorsports team is undoubtedly a group of happy campers after last weekend. Not only did Porsche win its second consecutive event in the Long Distance Championship with a 911 GT3 R, but the automaker finished third with its 911 GT3 R Hybrid — a model that made its auto show debut in Geneva earlier this year.
Porsche factory drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler took the wheel of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid for the event and came away impressed with the car’s performance. The hybrid features Porsche’s famous flat-six gasoline motor, supplemented by two electric motors. Advantages aren’t found in fuel consumption alone (Porsche claims it was able to run one fewer pitstop than the competition), but also in the extra power created by the two supplemental motors.
“The hybrid system clearly helped us to save fuel,” said Bergmeister following the race. “Moreover, it’s a great feeling to have those extra 120 kW (160 horsepower) from the electric motors when you accelerate out of the corners.”
Porsche, who had seven 911s in the top ten finishers, also entered a standard production Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the event as a test outing for the upcoming 24-hour endurance race at the trying Nürburgring circuit.
“We made some changes to the setup during the practice and race in preparation for the 24-hour race,” said driver (and former DTM racer) Roland Asch. “When you’re in the middle of the race action, you almost forget you’re sitting in a road-going car. I’m very much looking forward to the 24-hour race.”
The next round of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship is a four-hour race on April 24.