At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show Porsche will present the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a racing-only sportscar powered by a hybrid powertrain delivering 480 hp and featuring an electrical front axle drive with a flywheel generator and two motors capable of providing an additional 60 kW boost.

Imagine driving all-out with a howling beast of an engine producing nearly 500 HP right behind you.

Now imagine your passenger is a kinetic energy reclamation flywheel that can give you a 7-second power boost whenever you might desire it.

This isn’t a scene from a science-fiction movie or a video game; it’s an impression of what it must be like to be part of Porsche’s “Racing Laboratory”.

The 911 GT3 R Hybrid debuting in Geneva employs a unique hybrid configuration.

Sounding very much like a completely awesome science project, the 480 HP flat six still drives the rear wheels from behind the rear axle, but it has the help of an electrically-driven front axle.

At the driver’s disposal are two 60 kW motors up front that are powered by the flywheel and battery in the passenger seat.

This racing-only vehicle is meant to showcase the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, and is set to endure 24 hours on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife May 15-16.

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