Motor Trend has some very interesting news about the next iteration of the ZR1 in the new mid-engine, C8-generation Corvette: it will have a hybridized drivetrain that could boost power all the way to 900 horsepower!
Audi research and development board member Ulrich Hackenberg had some choice details to share with the UK’s Car magazine, explaining in no uncertain terms that not only will the new R8 share its platform with the Lamborghini Huracán, it will also be available with a choice of gas, hybrid and full electric powertrains.
At this week’s Paris Auto Show, Automobili Lamborghini unveiled their newest creation, the Asterion, which gets its name from a minotaur in Greek mythology. It’s a significant departure from Lamborghinis of the past, not only in its visual presentation but also in how it delivers its performance. The Asterion, much like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, nods to the inevitable mandate of electric-assisted progress with the inclusion of a plug-in electric powertrain which supplements its conventional gasoline powered engine. But rather than downplay what some might consider a compromise, Lamborghini instead chose to embrace the new tech, driving the car onto the stage with a soundtrack of nothing but camera shutters and jaws hitting the floor to usher in a new era of “silent extreme performance.”
At the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, Tim Mahoney, Chevy’s global chief marketing officer, revealed plans to show off the new 2016 Volt in Detroit. Mahoney also showed off a teaser image of the redesign plug-in, giving us a look at the more sculpted decklid of the next car.
With the battle already well underway between the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1, many have been wondering when Ferrari would finally unleash its own hybrid powered hypercar so we could find out how it stacks up against the competition. That day has finally come.
In Acura’s television ads, the ILX is billed as offering a just-right blend of premium-brand luxury, fun, and down-to-earth practicality—a blend that, in Acura’s own words, invites drivers to “move up (without) settling down.” Given this, one might assume the ILX Tech Hybrid would fit roughly the same mold, but with a distinctly energy-efficient “green” twist, and to a certain extent it does just that.
According to a recent report from the French automotive magazine L’Automobile, BMW could be debuting another addition to its electric ‘i’ car lineup at the Los Angeles Motor Show, set to take place from November 30 to December 9.
Sometimes, hybrids can feel a bit delicate. That is not the case with the new Fusion Hybrid, which feels very solid and much like a regular sedan, rather than a fragile piece of new technology. This goes from fit and finish, to ride quality, to the way the controls feel when you use them. It’s all good, sturdy, American stuff—the kind of car quality we’re now used to from the Blue Oval.
It wasn’t until we settled down and drove civilly that we were able to appreciate what was “just right” about the Camry Hybrid’s powertrain. Namely, that it wasn’t a vehicle for going fast, but rather delivering just enough power for the average on-road situation while returning simply excellent fuel economy with a minimum of effort. The trick came with exploiting the electric motor’s torque without dipping too far into the throttle. Finding the appropriate driving style to really net the best balance of economy and pace was a recipe for a surprisingly involving experience.
A recent report at Autocar indicates that future Ferraris could use more electric and “green” technology than ever before while maintaining the staggering performance levels we’ve come to expect.
A story from The New York Times Wheels Blog is reporting that battery manufacturer Envia Systems has made a significant breakthrough in lithium-ion battery technology that could drastically change the EV game.