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Hybrids! Like them or not, they are matriculating to the sports car world. proving the technology works on its GT3 R Hybrid race car, which recently finished 3rd at an endurance race at the Nürburgring. Eventually, proven technology that works on a race car will find its way onto a street car. These spy pictures suggest that this will happen sooner than we expected. There'll likely be a Porsche GT3 Hybrid street car by 2012. And following that, the 918 Spyder. Porsche, for the record, has already announced the Cayenne Hybrid and forthcoming Panamera Hybrid.
The hybrid system of the GT3 R race car, however, is not conventional. Instead of large batteries to store energy, there is a flywheel/motor developed by Williams. Yes, Williams of F1 fame. Specifically, it's the group that developed KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). As the system is now not used in F1, the Williams Hybrid Powertrain group is offering its technology for sale. (Read More)