Supercars are going green. From Ferraris to McLarens many of the world’s fastest high-speed performance cars have developed a conscience and embraced the advancements made in green technology. Where once Hybrids were considered the domain of the environmentally aware, these days they are increasingly being seen as fast, exciting and daring; marrying speed performance with low carbon emissions.
The new breed of hybrid supercars adopts technology developed in motorsport. They are quite expensive even by supercar standards; however they are important for the future of hybrid technology as they act as a standard bearer for greener cars in the future. They tell us that it’s OK to enjoy a high performance ride without being unkind to the environment. No longer does high speed have to mean gas guzzling machines producing emissions for fun, these days cars capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph can also be fuel efficient.
With rumours currently circulating that Bugatti are planning to produce a Hybrid as the replacement for its flagship model – the Veyron Grand Sport, here are three of the fastest and best performing supercars currently available. For a selection of supercars from some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers and to keep an eye on news from Bugatti check out check out HR Owen.
Ferrari have adapted Formula 1 racing technology to produce this hybrid supercar that looks stunning, performs like a dream and shows some consideration to the environment. When it was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 the idea of what it means to drive a hybrid changed in an instant. With a top speed of 217 mph and 0 – 60 in under 3 seconds it is probably fair to say that the idea that hybrids lack poke went out of the window.
Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid
This is the fastest and most powerful road-going Porsche model yet – it is also the greenest. Its performance claims are nothing short of remarkable. When fitted with an optional Weissach performance package it reaches 62 mph in 2.6 seconds and 124 mph in 7.2 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive is its green credentials with a state-of-the-art gasoline-electric hybrid driveline allowing for outstanding economy figures.
BMW’s eagerly anticipated entry into the Hybrid market came this year and it could prove to be a game changer. It’s a Hybrid 2+2 Coupe with price and performance figures to match a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 but it has CO2 emissions that equal a plug-in Prius. Performance wise, the numbers speak for themselves with a top speed of 155 mph and achieving 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds when driven in sport mode. In eDrive mode the i8 is a zero-emission, front-wheel-drive machine with a useful 129 bhp and 184 ft-lbs, a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 23 miles. It can also be charged from zero to 80 per cent in less than two hours.
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