Welcome to Sublime Green and the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

This entry was posted by Monday, 21 June, 2010
Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 01

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 01

Welcome to Sublime Green.

We are an eco-friendly blog focused on the idea that “being green and eco-friendly doesn’t have to be dull.” By looking at cool and stylish products that introduces green and eco-friendly concepts to the masses, we hope to make being green and eco-friendly more palatable to consumers.

In our debut post to kick-off the site, what better way than to take a look at the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. This car is not a consumer product, but the idea is to develop new automotive technologies, race test them and trickle down into cars that you and I can buy off the lot.

Style is subjective, but one must agree that the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid package is neither dull nor subdued. It is a beautiful high performance race car with a hybrid drive system. It is cars like this that help develop new technologies for consumer cars and improve upon the current offerings.

Not only is the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid stylish, it is also introducing new concepts to the automotive industry. The car sports an electrical front axle drive with two electric motors developing 60 kW each. These electric motors supplement the 480-bhp four-litre flat-six at the rear of the vehicle. However, this is where Porsche stands out, instead of the usual batteries Porsche has an electrical flywheel power generator.

From Porsche:

The flywheel generator itself is an electric motor with its rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000 rpm, storing energy mechanically as rotation energy. The flywheel generator is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators. Then, whenever necessary, that is when accelerating out of a bend or when overtaking, the driver is able to call up extra energy from the charged flywheel generator, the flywheel being slowed down electromagnetically in the generator mode and thus supplying up to 120 kW to the two electric motors at the front from its kinetic energy. This additional power is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately 6 – 8 seconds.

While flywheel technology is not new, Porsche engineers have found a new way to apply it to hybrid race cars. This new hybrid system is able to provide additional power and also save fuel while eliminating the use of environmentally unfriendly batteries. Though, it is currently unknown how the flywheel generator compares to current battery systems from an environmental standpoint.

We’ll see if this new implementation ever makes it’s way into showroom floors as green and eco-friendly features.

Photos courtesy of Porsche

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