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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept: Oh…man…

Well, I guess hybrids can look sexy and cool! Porsche took the wraps off a 2-seat mid-engine supercar on the eve of the Geneva Auto Show: the Concept Study Porsche 918 Spyder – a high-performance hybrid for the 21st century.


Porsche: The 500 hp V8/218 hp Electric Hybrid 918 Spyder Concept hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.2 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph). Not only that, according to Porsche, it laps the Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than the drool inducing Carrera GT.


Porsche says that, when driven accordingly [yes I’m laughing too], the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder Concept gets an outstanding 78 mpg, with an emissions level of just 70 grams of C02 per kilometer.


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Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Automotive, Racing


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Formula One Is Going Green In 2009

“In 2009 Formula One is going hybrid as the first stage of a programme to divert the vast research effort at the pinnacle of motor sport towards energy efficiency,” Mosley said. “The development of engines has been frozen, meaning that extra power can only be gained by making better use of energy, or by getting more useful work from the fuel burned.
 “Called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), this hybrid device is set to revolutionise Formula One. It will make the sport at once more environmentally friendly, road relevant, and at the cutting edge of future automotive technology.
Kinetic Energy Recovery System (F1)

Kinetic Energy Recovery System (F1)

KERS is a 55-pound hybrid addition (light by hybrid standards, but heavy by Formula One standards) that stores kinetic energy in a flywheel in the vehicle’s transmission. This kinetic energy can then be used at the push of a “boost” button on the steering wheel. Instead of using batteries and electric motors for energy storage, KERS relies on mechanical energy storage.

Rumors that F1 cars in the future will include pedal power for an even larger boost in fuel efficiency, although not without a serious cost to performance, remain unconfirmed.

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Posted by on August 31, 2008 in Automotive, Racing


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