Porsche's 918 RSR's performance hybrid system relies on this giant flywheel — sitting where a passenger seat should be — to capture and release energy on command. It's a real-life turbo boost button. Here's how it works.
The flywheel-enhanced Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid outran the GT field in a Le Mans-class race in China on Sunday, besting the regular 911s, Ferraris and BMWs by more than two laps with one less pit stop. (Photo: Porsche)
The experimental Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid survived Petit Le Mans this weekend, finishing 18th and suffering more from bad tire choice than hybrid system complications. From this always-well-produced Porsche video, you'd almost think they won.
We're not going to tell you how it got there. We're not even going to tell you why it wasn't on the New York Auto Show floor. But we will tell you about the awesome techno-marvel that is its flywheel.
Stuttgart plans to bring a hybrid 911 racing car to both Geneva and the Nurburgring 24-hour race. The press release includes the line "the focus is not on... winning the race." What's wrong with this picture?