Nico Hulkenberg laps Nordschleife in Williams Hybrid Porsche

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Nico Hulkenberg, Porsche, Nurburgring Norschleife, 2010Nico Hulkenberg won’t drive a better circuit than this in 2010.

The Williams driver lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The car uses F1-derived KERS technology supplied by Williams Hybrid Power.

Hulkenberg was equally enthusiastic about the car and the 20.8km (12.9 miles), 154-turn track:

This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche.

This circuit is unique – you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here. Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.
Nico Hulkenberg

Porsche didn’t issue any lap times for his three-lap run. Hulkenberg added: “Great car, fascinating technology and an incomparable track.”

The car uses two 82 bhp electric motors and flywheel generators to provide a power boost which the driver can use on-demand, similar to the system Williams developed for F1 last year but never raced.

Porsche believe the system is more efficient than a battery-based Kinetic Energy Recovery System:

Compared to a battery, the flywheel generator has the advantage of storing and delivering high amounts of energy considerably quicker.

Thanks to its sophisticated electronic control, the innovative hybrid drive of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid automatically provides optimal efficiency at racing speed. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motors fulfils a simple objective: Less fuel consumption without compromising performance.

When overtaking or accelerating out of a bend, the driver can manually override the controls by pressing the boost paddle on the steering wheel and sending energy from the charged flywheel generator to the front axle. This additional power of 120 kilowatts is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately six to eight seconds.

The 911 GT3 R Hybrid will content the Nurburgring 24 Hours at the circuit on May 15th and 16th.

Pictures: Hulkenberg on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

Video: Hulkenberg on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

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36 comments on Nico Hulkenberg laps Nordschleife in Williams Hybrid Porsche

  1. Mahir C said on 27th April 2010, 14:56

    Why do these teams think those pedestrian laps by F1 drivers around the ring are good PR? Why not let them push a bit? The worst offender should be BMW and Heidfeld who did a 8.30 lap, in a F1 car!

    I didnt believe for a second that this is the first time Nico, a German racing driver, has driven around the ring.

    • James_mc said on 27th April 2010, 18:37

      In all fairness, the BMW Heidfeld was in had to creep round the top of Karoussell if I remember correctly as it is too low and inflexible a platform to get any closer to the apex! :-P

  2. steve said on 27th April 2010, 21:16

    BMW who used their F1 driven by Heidfeld said without slowing for publicity photographs it could have lapped in under 5 mins 15 seconds.

  3. Luke Anakin Skywalker said on 28th April 2010, 1:10

    Hi there motoring friends!

    According to Prof Baltazar’s calculations a F1 car would do under 5 minutes at the ‘ring’. When are we going to have a car that cost 250000$ breaking the 7 minute barrier? The new Mac MP4-12c? Remember that a heavy Nissan GTR R35 does it under 7:30 (showroom car). That car weighs 1740kg… That’s a lot or am i wrong? Hope to see a proper showroom sportscar under 7 min at the ‘ring’

    Yours

    Lukie

  4. F1 Novice said on 30th April 2010, 9:13

    What time did he do in it ?

  5. F1 Novice said on 30th April 2010, 9:19

    Off topic …. but how do I put a picture next to my name ?

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