Via EV Obsession: The world’s first commercial Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight trucks/vehicles was recently unveiled by Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL. The new system can reportedly reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 15–25% — depending upon traffic circumstances and terrain. The new Adgero Hybrid System is composed of a bank […]
Williams Formula 1 flywheel hybrid technology is coming to the mainstream, and it’s brining an 20% increase in fuel economy and performance along with it!
Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, or KERS, have been used in Formula One since 2009, and Volvo hopes to bring these hybrid systems to production cars by 2020.
Swedish automaker Volvo has been pushing the envelope of safety technology for decades, but the last few years have seen the company start pushing green technology. In addition to advanced research projects like Volvo’s XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept, the C30 Electric coupe, and the company’s flywheel hybrid system, Volvo’s green initiatives have led to cars […]
At the 24 Hours of LeMans races, there are various different types of prototype vehicles, including diesel and hybrid-electric ones. The Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-tron Quattro is shown here during testing at the Monza race track, reaching speeds of up to 210 mph! It exhibits a highly unique sound resembling that of a jet engine and uses a KERS hybrid system to beat out the competition. It is also loud (for those which enjoy that).
Volvo’s been testing flywheel hybrid systems for over 2 years – and the results are finally in! 25% better MPG, quicker 0-60, and no more battery fires!
Automakers around the world are exploring a multitude of ways of making their cars greener, meaner, and a lot more appealing. Hybrid technology has become increasingly popular in sports car circles, and while many enthusiasts may have once cried foul at the notion of a hybrid performance vehicle, the idea seems to be catching on. So the rumors that the next Nissan GT-R could be a hybrid isn’t all that surprising.
Few vehicles can match the efficiency and power of a combination diesel-electric hybrid. Audi has proved as much with a multitude of wins at the always-epic 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now one of the chief executives wants to unite the Audi motorsports and passenger car efforts with a diesel-electric supercar based heavily on the Le Mans champion.
While there is a lot of talk about futuristic powertrains, the real potential remains in making cars as light as possible. Companies like Ferrari have been pioneering the use of carbon fiber for decades, and their next hybrid supercar, codenamed the F150 (or F70??) could come in at under 2,500 pounds.
It’s no secret that Toyota and Subaru are planning more powerful versions of the BRZ/FR-S twins (sold abroad as the GT86), but while Subaru is reportedly pursuing a turbocharger in its quest for more power, it seems that Toyota is looking to Formula 1 for an electric power solution. The UK’s TopGear is reporting that […]
When an automaker like Ferrari throws its hat into the hybrid car ring, you know things are about to get serious. But rather than reveal everything all at once, the prancing horse brand is slowly teasing bits and pieces of its upcoming Ferrari F70 hybrid supercar. The latest bit they are showing off is the carbon fiber monocoque that forms the heart of the chassis.
With Toyota’s return to the World Endurance Championship with a hybrid race car, the international racing community had a new and very strong competitor to watch out for. After an unsuccessful 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, the Toyota TS030 Hybrid race car has taken its first victory at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the fifth round of the WEC.
While Americans are not exactly flocking to buy mainstream hybrid and electric vehicles, the rich and famous are doing just that. In fact, the market for alternative-fuel supercars have never been stronger, with many big name automakers joining the coach industry in offering guilt-free speed.
French automaker Peugeot has revealed key details and some sexy pictures of its Onyx diesel-electric hybrid supercar. Fabuleux!
That text up there that reads “Ferrari Red”? It’s green. Red is the new green, though, as Ferrari has gone to great pains to prove in recent years. To wit: since 2010, the Italian supercar maker has established itself as a leader in the race for automakers to curb harmful carbon emissions, and has promised […]
This morning I published a post about Toyota’s TV series with SPEED following their TS030 hybrid race car and its path to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Toyota won’t be the only automakers with a hybrid racer at this year’s Le Mans. Audi is bringing its R18 e-tron quattro to compete in the world’s most famous endurance race, and they’ve launched their own marketing campaign promoting this evolution in race cars.
I’ve grown accustomed corporate sponsorships masquerading as documentaries. It is easy enough for me to tune most of these glorified infomercials out, though an upcoming show on SPEEDTV may have to make me making an exception. “Toyota’s Road to Le Mans” focuses on the Japanese automaker’s return to 24 hour endurance racing with an all-new hybrid race car.