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hybrid cars

  A hybrid vehicle uses multiple propulsion systems to provide motive power. This most commonly refers to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, which use gasoline (petrol) and electric batteries to power internal-combustion engines (ICEs) and electric motors.

The Lexus LF-Lc made its debut as just a lowly concept car at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan and its reception was one that all automakers dream of. Not only did people at the auto show love it, but Lexus customers were clamoring to see a production model hit showroom floors.

Lexus all but told us that it would release a production model loosely based on the concept, but no release dates were ever talked about. According to a report from Automotive News, there are several Lexus insiders that are claiming that there will be a model identical or at least similar to the LF-LC and bearing the same name to hit showroom floors sometime in the next two years.

With this news, we figured it was time to start piecing together a review for our readers, so you can make an educated choice when the time comes.

Updated 07/28/2014: We created a rendering for the production version of the LF-Lc. Click past the jump for details.

Click past the jump to read all about the upcoming LF-LC and see how it stacks up against the competition.

British property magnate Jon Hunt is nuts about his Ferraris , which makes him one of the few people in the world who has the capability to love the cars and then buy them afterwards. He also just recently accepted the delivery of his latest purchase, the Ferrari LaFerrari .

But simply taking the keys from a dealership wasn’t memorable enough for Hunt. So he decided to do something different. With the help of his two children and some friends, Hunt led his own version of a Ferrari parade, that is if you consider the distance from London to Ferrari headquarters in Maranello as a parade.

It seems like one, seeing as the cars Hunt picked to go pick up the LaFerrari were some of the most exclusive and sought-after Ferraris in the world. Really, it doesn’t get any better than a 288 GTO , an F40 , an F50 , and an Enzo, does it?

After spending his first five minutes inside the LaFerrari, Hunt quickly lines them all up together and tells Ferrari.com (via the above video) that he’s the type who actually drives his Ferraris, even admitting that he’s done 16,000 kilometers on the Enzo alone.

For somebody who has just about every exclusive Ferrari in the past 20-something years, Jon Hunt has shown us what it really means to be a proud and dedicated tifosi.

When the first NSX debuted, Honda was using it as a weapon to challenge the power of Ferrari on the track. For all intents and purposes, the new NSX will serve the same purpose, but I think Honda has taken it a bit too far. You may have noticed that there have been more than a few stories about Ferrari’s randomly bursting into flames around the world, and Honda was not going to be outshone. We now have news that the NSX prototype we just saw testing on the Nurburgring has also burst into flames.

Obviously, it is sad news that the NSX production mule has been destroyed, but it’s mildly comical when put into the context of the decades long battle against its Italian rival.

Thankfully it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt in the fire, but the NSX does look to be a complete loss. Most of the rear body work has been burnt to nothing and what is left doesn’t exactly look salvageable.

I sure hope Honda has a backup if it plans on getting enough testing done to have this car on sale by next summer.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Honda NSX.

The A8 has been the flagship model of the entire Audi range since its arrival back in 1994. Now in its third generation, the A8 continues to carry the “Four Rings” flag to greater and greater heights. Word has it that the A8 is getting a new engine that will make good use of the company’s new 3.0-liter, V-6, e-tron drivetrain.

Auto Express is reporting that the A8 will be the first recipient of a new e-tron hybrid system combined with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel mill. This system is similar to the one Audi dropped into the A3 e-tron Sportback , albeit with a more powerful V-6 to complement the electric motor.

Audi technical boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to Auto Express that this new setup will be used on the automaker’s larger models with the A8 getting first dibs on it.

It’s another huge step in the company’s quest to produce more sustainable vehicles in the future. Having an electric motor to complement the V-6 should make the A8 more fuel efficient without compromising its already stout performance numbers.

The new A8 e-tron is expected to carry 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an all-electric range of 30 miles. The range is similar to other luxury hybrid models on the market, including the Panamera S-E Hybrid and its 22-mile, EV-only range.

Expect the A8 to be the first model to receive the 3.0-liter e-tron powertrain with the A6 and the Q7 and others following suit at a later date.

It’s an exciting time for Audi as it ventures into new territory with its bigger models. If the A8 e-tron succeeds, look for the company to set its sights on expanding the engine’s reach into other models sooner than later.

Note: Standard Audi A8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi A8 e-tron.

Source: AutoExpress

Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences are in the middle of an ambitious project the likes of which we’ve never dealt with before. The group is collectively known as InMotion. Unlike those twister soda projects we occupied ourselves with in college, these students are doing a much bigger project. And it involves the Nurburgring Nordschleife. InMotion is developing a hybrid race car called the IN01. The goal is to break the lap record at the famous race track and by lap record, we mean the 6:11 lap record set by Stefan Bellof using a Porsche 956.

At least we know these students are ambitious. That’s a good quality to have, right?

From the look of the IN01, it does appear that InMotion has a good idea of what it’s going to take to eclipse the 30-year-old record. The design of the racer is dynamic enough to make you interested in the project. It has the pointed-nose design of Formula One race cars and the closed cockpit configuration of an LMP1 prototype. The dimensions are also there and its low height should help in improving the car’s balance. Even the rear section, with the blown rear diffuser, was designed to be as minimalistic as possible.

Aesthetically, it looks like a million bucks. But how it’s going to fare against that 6:11 record lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a different matter entirely. That, after all, is the ultimate point of this project.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 InMotion IN01.

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Toyota , a known force to be reckoned with in the alternative-fuel automotive world, is releasing its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, aptly named the FCV, in the summer of 2015. Limited to California initially, Toyota asserts an impressive 310-mile range. Also, the company has announced a partnership with FirstElement Fuels, to make refilling more convenient, with 19 new hydrogen refueling stations coming to the California area. Expect 100 stations in a decade’s time. Also, Toyota claims that re-filling will only take five minutes; significantly quicker than a recharge in a Tesla or Nissan leaf , also zero-emission vehicles.

Out here in California, the newest fad is always in the spotlight, and this new FCV should certainly turn a few heads and make people take notice. Also, being a zero-emission vehicle, it will be eligible for Carpool Lane access. And, hey, anything to shave a few minutes off an LA commute is invaluable. Take it from this Los Angeleno.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Toyota FCV.

Porsche did it. McLaren did it. Heck, the previously stubborn Ferrari did it. Now it appears that Bugatti is also considering doing it. By "it," I mean hybrid, or to be more specific, a hybrid supercar.

Reuters is reporting that the extravagant supercar brand is throwing around the idea of using a hybrid system to power the successor to the Bugatti Veyron. For a company that prides itself on those mammoth, 16-cylinder engines, a move to a hybrid powertrain is as surprising as it was inconceivable a few years ago.

But Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimier is reportedly angling to use a hybrid engine on the Veyron’s successor. It’s unclear if he’s doing this to jump on the bandwagon his competitors are in, but there’s no denying that his position was made because of the reception the Porsche 918 Spyder , the McLaren P1 , and the Ferrari LaFerrari have all received.

One thing we do know is that the Veyron successor won’t compromise its performance ethos in the name of using a hybrid engine. The supercar is still expected to be more powerful than its predecessor, possibly generating an output in excess of 1,500 horsepower. It’s also being prepped to eclipse the 267-mph top speed of the Veyron Super Sport and even reclaim the unofficial top speed record from the Hennessey Venom GT .

As Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari have shown, there’s a place for hybrid systems in the supercar world. Bugatti has spent some time watching its competitors roll out their products one after the other.

It’s the Bugatti’s turn now and don’t be surprised to see the Veyron’s successor packing its own efficient hybrid system .

Click past the jump to read more about Bugatti’s future hybrid supercar.

Source: Reuters

Hypermileing is a growing trend these days as folks try to conserve as much fuel and money as possible. But even the best efforts are vain attempts when compared to a driver with a good tool. Turns out, the best tool (most efficient) is the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid . Fitted with a diesel engine, an electric hybrid drive system, and the factory-optional large-capacity fuel tank, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid can drive an amazing 1,223 miles on one tank of fuel.

The feat was accomplished by British automotive journalist Andrew Frankel in a massive undertaking of driving from Tangier in Northern Africa to the United Kingdom. The journey trekked through two continents, four countries, and three time zones in a total of 27 hours of drive time.

Frankel and the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid’s final destination was the Goodwood Festival of Speed , slotted to show off the car’s amazing fuel efficiency and range at the ‘First Glance’ paddock. Even with hitting heavy rain and thick traffic, the car still averaged 73.6 mpg. The larger, 21-gallon fuel tank used is a regular factory option, costing £100, or roughly $170 U.S. dollars as of 7/1/2014, helped ensure the trip would be completed without a single fuel stop.

When Frankel arrived at Goodwood, the fuel readout still showed another 100 miles worth of driving range. If he’d kept driving, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid could have potentially covered 1,323 miles of road without a single stop.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class .

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Volkswagen ’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen XL1.

As soon as the California T started revving its turbocharged, V-8 engine, we began to wonder how long will it take before Ferrari starts adding turbos across its entire lineup. Well, it appears all V-8s are set to receive forced induction over the next six years, as the Italians want to reduce their fleet CO2 emission by 20 percent by 2021.

That’s the word coming from Ferrari Powetrain Director Vittorio Dini, who said Maranello needs to reduce emissions by three percent each year and by 20 percent by 2021, Automotive News reports. To achieve this daring goal, the company will turbocharge its V-8 engines and develop hybrid technology for each V-12-powered supercar . Additionally, V-8 engine displacement is to decreased, meaning no unit larger than the current 3.9-liter V-8 will be available once Fezza retires the 4.5-liter unit.

Ferrari’s average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Ferrari is one of many manufacturer that obtained derogations from the European Environment Agency in recent years, alongside Aston Martin , Spyker , Koenigsegg , and Lotus . For the record, companies such as Fiat , Renault , and Peugeot average less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s new hybrid system.


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