If you’re a car nerd and you’re looking for a magazine written by car nerds, you could do worse than Racecar Engineering. But if you live in a cultural fucking backwater like I apparently do that gets less in the way of intelligent serial literature than the middle of fucking Iowa, you could fall back on worse than Automobile. (Their print version is much better than their website; I guess that’s one way to keep the legacy part of your medium in business.) Automobile‘s staffers do their level best to review cars with manual transmissions, for one thing.
The May 2010 edition of their magazine has an article on the Porsche 918 hybrid supercar concept thingie. There’s a reasonable amount of auto-eng meat scattered around their fanboi gushing, and I was planning to blog about why hybrid race cars are awesome and hybrid commuter cars are shit — only there’s this paper deadline, and I’m a bit lacking in time. (Hint: the 918 has its electric motors at the front wheels. Guess which tires aren’t competing with the main engine for grip under acceleration and are most heavily loaded under braking. You’ll note that the latest Lotus hybrid concept does the same thing. You’ll also note that the Prius is driven only at its fronts.)
But here’s the interesting tidbit, regarding the 911 GT3 R Hybrid that’s competing in the VLN this year:
Porsche will test the system at this May’s twenty-four hour Nürburgring endurance race, with an eye toward competing for outright victory at Le Mans in 2012.
(Emphasis added. Like you needed it.)