The pace of leading-edge technological development in motorsport has once again been recognized by the prestigious Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards, with Porsche’s innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid project scooping double honours at a ceremony in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday 16 November.
In the awards, which are given annually as part of the industry showcase, Professional MotorSport World Expo, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid was named “Vehicle Development of the Year”, while team leader,
Dr Daniel Armbruster, was named “Design Engineer of the Year”, for his work on the project.
Road Atlanta, ALMS Petit Le Mans Oct 2, 2010 – Porscheplatz
Winner: Porsche GT3 R Hybrid
Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid has raced with success throughout the 2010 season: in November it was the fastest GT car of all in the ILMC race at Zhuhai in China. For Awards judge Charles Armstrong-Wilson, this car “changed public perceptions about hybrids by introducing fresh technology to a new area of motorsport, and showing how it could be incorporated into a race vehicle that has much in common with a road car.”
“We spent a lot of time working to make this unique and innovative concept work,” said Dr Daniel Armbruster, project manager, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. “This car is our race laboratory. We learnt a lot about this new technology at the Nürburgring 24h; we then made some big steps forward between then and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the 1,000km race in Zhuhai. There, the 911 GT3 R proved both its speed and efficiency: It was the fastest GT car in the race, lapping the second-fastest one three times, and it made one fewer pitstop compared to all the other GT cars.”
The judges said Porsche: “changed public perceptions about hybrids by introducing fresh technology to a new area of motorsport and showing how it could be incorporated into a race vehicle that has much in common with a road car. Rather than learning to live with the compromises [of] a hybrid system, Armbruster and his team found ways to derive unexpected benefits from the installation.”
“Porsche is proud to receive these awards. We worked hard to make this unique and innovative concept work. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is our race laboratory – we learned much about this new technology at the Nürburgring 24 Hours; then made some big steps forward on the way to the 1,000km race in Zhuhai.”
Winner: Dr Daniel Armbruster – Porsche Motorsport
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Dr Daniel Armbruster led the Porsche Motorsport development team behind the firm’s first hybrid racing car. The Awards jury was hugely impressed by such an innovative project. Said one member of the panel, “Rather than learning to live with the compromises from incorporating a hybrid system, Armbruster and his team found ways to derive unexpected benefits from the installation.
There was also praise for Porsche’s use of the Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) KERS technology,
which the judges described as
“a correct and innovative move to finally demonstrate this expensive development from Formula 1 in the wider sport.”
The WHP electromechanical composite flywheel was considered runaway winner as “Powertrain Innovation of the Year”.
Ian Foley, managing director of WHP commented:
“2010 has been a breakthrough year for Williams Hybrid Power, with the success of the program with Porsche Motorsport demonstrating that our flywheel technology is robust in the harshest of racing environments.”
Winner: Williams Hybrid Power – Flywheel KERS
Future applications for Williams Hybrid Power’s (WHP) electromechanical composite flywheel could include anything from Formula 1 cars to buses or rapid transit systems. Awards judge David Tremayne, from Grand Prix + [plus], commented, “KERS is a valuable accessory that F1 is revisiting for 2011. The flywheel solution has always seemed the most logical and ‘green’ to me, and Williams’ system, though as yet unraced in the big league, is seminal.”
Accepting the award at the presentation in Cologne, Ian Foley, managing director of WHP commented, “2010 has been a breakthrough year for Williams Hybrid Power, with the success of the programme with Porsche Motorsport demonstrating that our flywheel technology is robust in the harshest of racing environments. This is an excellent example of how motorsport can accelerate the development of new technologies, enabling WHP to get our product to market in the shortest timeframe.”
For more information on all the 2010 Awards winners, please visit: http://www.professionalmotorsport-expo.com/winners_10.php
[Source: Professional MotorSport Expo]