I couldn’t see myself driving a hybrid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for environmental consciousness, but most hybrids look tacky, too futuristic and run too slow. However, if hybrids looked like supercars, I’d change my mind in a heart beat.
Ferrari unleashed the 599GTB HY-KERS Hybrid Concept at the Geneva Auto Show this year and it’s a beauty. The car retains the distinctive features of a Ferrari, the clean lines and smooth contour. The distinguishable Rosso Corsa paint job is replaced with an eco friendly shade of green. Also a 100 hp electric motor complements the standard 599GTB motor. With this setup, Ferrari claims the HY KERS’ can launch from 0 to 124 mph in a mere 7.5 seconds while still remaining green.
Likewise, Porsche partook in the hybrid game by showcasing their 918 Spyder Concept. The Porsche qualifies itself as a hybrid with its 500 hp V8 paired with two electric motors. On the style side, Porsche reinforces the detailed construct with flavoring from the Carrera GT. The huge vents and seamless body lines are all too nostalgic yet impressive. I wasn’t a huge fan of the wheels, but everything else was executed properly.
Lastly, over at the Detroit Auto Show, Audi featured their E-tron Detroit concept. Unlike the other green supercars, this one is straight electric. It features an electric motor capable of producing 204 hp. We can thank the 880 lb. lithium-ion battery pack for those numbers. While the car tips the scale at 2976 lbs., Audi claims the car is a thrill attraction. They claim a 0-62 mph run in 5.9 seconds. The electric supercar lives up to its silent road killer attitude.
Car companies take note. If you’re going to build a hybrid, build it right. Learn from Ferrari, Porsche and Audi. Design an attractive car that can pull hard.
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Jeff Voth and Kristi Lee. CarNews Media. Arp.28.10. Car And Driver. Apr.28.10. caranddriver.com. Niot. Apr.28.10. Apr.28.10. blog.niot.net.