Hybrid Super Cars – The Way Of The Future?
Hybrids are taking over the automotive space one model at a time with companies like Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota leading the way. As expected the world’s super car builders have been a little slow off the mark here, a little reticent to move away from the V8, V10 and V12 internal combustion power houses that have made them the desire of schoolboys right through to grandfathers the world over.
But as the saying goes, the times are changing, super car makers Lamborghini announced last year through CEO Stephan Winkelmann that a hybrid Lamborghini is on the way and slated for a 2015 release. Ferrari have been busy showing off their questionably aphid coloured 599 KERS car at any motorshow that will have it and Porsche has been touting its brain meltingly cool 918 Spyder in a similar fashion, we also know that Bugatti is working on an 800bhp hyper car as we speak.
This list of marques would be impressive in its own right however we’re only just halfway there, Jaguar is working on a hybrid XJ model, Aston Martin are said to be working on a hybrid Lagonda, Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on a hybrid version of its C-Class coupe and a beautiful concept car called the F800 and BMW have been showing off their EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car that is widely believed to be a test bed for future BMW sports hybrid models.
The fact that all of these manufacturers have begun walking down the same path towards a hybrid high performance power train is great news however, somewhat interestingly, they are all taking slightly different routes. Ferrari is developing KERS, Lamborghini is working on a Prius style hybrid system and Porsche is going with an all out plug-in hybrid with the 918 Spyder. It’ll be interesting to watch the evolution of the hybrid super car market, in a world where performance is everything it could prove to be the ideal testing ground for technologies we end up seeing in everyday sedans by 2020.