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Major Sports Car Manufacturers Joining Hybrid Game

In quick succession, two of the worlds most highly regarded sports car manufacturers have released hybrid concepts.

Jeff Weiner
Jeff Weiner on March 4, 2010. @JGWeiner
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In quick succession, two of the worlds most highly regarded sports car manufacturers have released hybrid concepts.  In the case of Porsche, it is the 918 Spyder Hybrid.  While still a concept, Porsche is the one manufacturer who rarely shares something with the world if they aren’t going to manufacture it.  The stats, while not mind blowing, are worth noting: 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, gets 78 miles per gallon, and 16 miles on pure electric charge.

Similarly, Ferrari has released a hybrid concept car based off of the 599 GTB.  The car’s performance is in line with the petrol version: 200 mph, zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and 125 mph in 10.5 seconds.  The hybrid setup results in a decrease in emissions (35% over the petrol model) and increased fuel mileage (25 mpg for the hybrid as compared to 16 mpg for the petrol version).

Meanwhile, Tesla continues to go the all-electric route.  Their cars are not perfect and don’t come close to the dynamic performance of top-tier Porsches and Ferraris, but then again, they don’t have tail pipes.  The effort of sports car manufacturers can’t be dismissed.  The engineers at these companies naturally tend to obsess about weight and efficiency (both key elements in building cleaner, more efficient vehicles), but these concepts don’t represent a radical departure from what other hybrid manufacturers have been doing for quite a while.

Matt Hardigree at Jalopnik pretty much sums it up here.

via Jalopnik and Wired Autopia

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