Exactly 110 years after Ferdinand Porsche developed the world’s first car with hybrid drive, the Lohner Porsche Semper Vivus, Porsche was once again taking up this visionary drive concept in production-based GT racing: During the Geneva Motor Show, a Porsche 911 GT3 R with innovative hybrid drive was making its debut, opening up a new chapter in the history of Porsche with more than 20,000 wins in 45 years scored by the extremely successful Porsche 911 in racing trim.
After succsessfull start in 2010, Porsche started off with a further developed version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Priority of the development was given to the improvement of efficiency through the targeted optimisation of hybrid components, which also resulted in a 20 percent weight reduction. Version 2.0 of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid is intended to achieve the same lap times as its predecessor but with less fuel consumption. On May 28, 2011, it won its first VLN race at Nürburgring.
As a spearhead in technology and a “racing laboratory”, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid provided know-how on the subsequent use of hybrid technology in road-going sports cars. The prototype is not part of the Porsche Motorsport customer sports programme and thus not for sale.