Posted by: porschebahn | June 24, 2011

Porsche works drivers in the footsteps of Hybrid pioneer Ferdinand Porsche

The Lohner-Porsche excites motorsport fans at the Nürburgring

Stuttgart. With two days to go to the start of the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring, Porsche turned back time – by exactly 111 years – and presented racing fans in the Eifel with the Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus”, the first automobile to feature a full hybrid-drive developed by Ferdinand Porsche in the year 1900. With the true-to-original replica of the ancestor of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which tackles the long distance classic on Saturday, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer drove on the Ring Boulevard between crowds of people from the Porsche stand to the autograph session – virtually soundlessly, because it’s fully electric.

With the construction of the Semper Vivus, the visionary Ferdinand Porsche had moved into new technical terrain. Porsche has adopted the drive concept developed by the ingenious constructor and pioneer for the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, and, just over a year ago, opened a new chapter in the brilliant history of the Porsche 911 which has claimed more than 20,000 race wins. At its first start at the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring in 2010, the innovative GT sports car, developed and built in Weissach, made headlines worldwide: For eight hours it led the field as an impressive example of “Porsche Intelligent Performance”. More power with less fuel consumption, more efficiency and less CO2 emissions – on the race track and on the street.

Despite its considerably slower speed, the drive in the world’s first hybrid car is no less exhausting than a full-throttle sprint with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. With a front axle load of 1,060 kilograms – and 830 kilos at the rear – steering without power assistance becomes hard graft. But the Porsche pilots are well trained – and they turned their demo lap to the enthusiastic applause of the crowd before patiently signing autographs for all the waiting fans.

Please note: Images of the “Semper Vivus” and the Nürburgring 24 hour race are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address On this website you can also register for the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information from race tracks around the world via text messages.

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