Porsche said to be using Le Mans hybrid tech
Next 911 GT2 RS planned to be quicker than ever
Porsche is reportedly getting ready to launch its latest and greatest GT2 RS model. One like nothing that has come before, with a hybrid driveline and more than 700 hp, packed with tech lessons learned from Le Mans.
Autocar reported on the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, saying that its target is to exceed 700 hp, and that it was planned to do it using driveline tech Porsche designed for the 919 racer and refined on the 963 Le Mans Hypercar.
It will be a mild hybrid design, says the report. An electric motor will be attached to the transmission to supply the extra shove. The engine is expected to be a 3.8L twin-turbo flat-six, much like what powers the 911 Turbo.
Other tech planned for the car includes a variable-geometry turbo, says the report. This would allow the turbo to generate electricity while accelerating, instead of the motor generating all of the electricity by taking power from the engine or while slowing down. This is a Porsche Motorsport system used in the 919 hybrid.
Autocar says the GT2 RS will be capable of electric-only drive for short distances, that’s not the point of the hybrid system. Instead, Porsche wants to use the electric power to make the 911 faster while adding as little weight as possible.
Porsche is said to be still looking at a conventional manual gearbox, but the maximum torque output of the system could put that in jeopardy. With the motor said to be adding close to 200 lb-ft, durability could quickly become a problem.
Don’t expect the 911 GT2 RS before 2026.