Lexus LF-A Hybrid in the Works?

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LeftlaneNews spy photographers have snapped a few photos of a Lexus LFA prototype. Since the Lexus LFA has been out for a while it's interesting that Lexus might be working on something new. The Lexus LFA prototype camouflage depicts fake panels especially in the front fender near the A-pillar. Normally when we see a piece of camouflage like this, it's often hiding a port of some kind. GM’s plug-in hybrid test mules have been spotted with a similar camo patch. Since Toyota/Lexus have been pioneers in hybrid technology it would be nice to have a hybrid sports car on the market.

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Posted on: 4/26/2010 at 6:55 PM
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Would You Purchase a Porsche 918 Spyder?

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Porsche 918 SpyderThe 718 horsepower hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder created a huge buzz at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. For those of us who are interested in purchasing the 918 Spyder you will need to send Porsche a letters of intent so they can determine if the car has production potential. Porsche CEO Michael Macht stated that Porsche has every intention of building the 918 Spyder – as long as they can build a business case first.

Potential buyers will reportedly have to wait closer to five years, according to company insiders estimating time to get the car to production. The 918 Spyder combines a 500 hp V8 with three electric motors that total 218 hp, for a grand total of 718 hp. According to Porsche the 918 Spyder is capable of 78.4 mpg on the U.S. cycle, and a zero-to-62 time of just 3.2 seconds.

Do you think the Porsche 918 Spyder will sell? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Posted on: 3/15/2010 at 12:06 AM
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Ferrari Goes GREEN with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept

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Ferrari is going green literally, with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. Ferrari announced the first hybrid model, on Tuesday. Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo stated,

“This is the first step of a long project and we want within three years, maximum four, to have a hybrid Ferrari car ready for every single product of our range. This is our goal, ”

Up front is the standard layout of the 6.0 liter V12 engine producing 611bhp. In the middle are a pair of lithium ion batteries packs. Ferrari then decided to lower center of gravity since the battery packs are very heavy. Attached to the rear of the 599’s seven-speed F1 transmission, power from the electric motor is applied seamlessly via either of the gearbox’s two clutches. The electric motor is good for another 100 horsepower over the V12’s standard output.This model makes use of a unique hybrid system, which Ferrari is calling HY-KERS, referring to the hybrid use of a traditional combustion engine and a KERS device, which stands for Kinetic Energy Recuperation System.

Montezemolo mentioned they would like to cut emissions by a minimum of 35 percent.


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Posted on: 3/5/2010 at 9:06 AM
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