18 November 2010, 11:41 BST
Who says hybrid cars are boring? Not the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards, which has given the ground-breaking Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid two awards this year.
Proving that even in the high performance world of motorsport, hybrid technology is capable of delivering all the drive with less of the emissions, 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 developing the concept car.
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."
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses an electrical front axle drive with two electric motors that develop 60kW and each supplement the 480bhp four litre flat-six engine at the rear. Without the usual batteries of a hybrid car, the electrical flywheel power generator recaptures energy and delivers it to the electric motors.
Source: The Green Car Website