Orbis Ring Drive Brings Hybrid Power to 2WD Cars

Orbis Ring Drive Electric Wheel Motors - Honda Civic Type R

The promise of in-wheel or “hub” electric motors has always been the easy electrification of existing, 2WD cars. Imagine turning a Ford Mustang or Chevy Corvette into an AWD, GTR-baiting hybrid supercar while- at the same time!- making it cleaner and greener on short commutes and errand runs, when the ICE motor is least efficient. It’s a heck of a dream, and one that Orbis is making a reality … with the already insanely fast Honda Civic Type R.

Each Orbis wheel motor adds about 70HP to the vehicle’s output- making for an extra 140HP in total. More than enough, in other words, to take car’s performance to the next level and make it down to the Piggly Wiggly.

Our good friend, HondaPro Jason, recently got a chance to meet up with the Orbis guys, and put together this great video interview/review of the Ring Drive product. Check it out, below, then let us know what you think of the add-on hybridizers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


HondaPro Jason Meets Orbis Ring Drive

Source | Images: HondaPro Jason, via Car Throttle.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.