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British Millionaire Buys Holy Trinity of Hybrid Supercars

First person to own McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918.

by on Jan.29, 2015

One person has purchased all three of the "holy trinity" of hybrid super cars, starting with the McLaren P1.

We’ve all played the game…if money was not object which supercar would you buy? Of course, no one can simply pick just one crazy fast car, so yo

In the case of British multi-millionaire Paul Bailey, it was a real-life game involving the purchase of McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, or the Ferrari LaFerrari: the holy trinity of hybrid supercars.

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And like so many of us when we play the hypothetical game, he elected to buy them all. Yup. He dropped about $4 million and bought all of the hybrid supercars because he couldn’t settle on one. (more…)

Honda Offers First Look at Next-Gen NSX Drivetrain

Pricing to nudge high end of Porsche 911 range.

by on Nov.19, 2013

An Acura NSX prototype -- shown here in testing at Mid-Ohio Raceway earlier this year.

With development rapidly moving forward on the development of the eagerly awaited Acura NSX, Honda offered a handful of journalists a first look at the supercar’s complex, hybrid powertrain during a visit to its Tochigi R&D center.

After years of debating whether to adopt a traditional, more European approach to powering the next-generation sports car, such as going for a big V-10, the automaker ultimately decided to go with a more futuristic performance hybrid approach, it announced when showing off the first, early prototype of the Acura NSX nearly two years ago. But until now, it has revealed little else.

With functioning prototypes now running around test tracks in both Japan and the U.S.,

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TheDetroitBureau.com was able to get significantly more details about the new powertrain – notably including the fact that the Acura NSX will be the only vehicle using Honda’s new three-motor hybrid technology that also will make use of a conventional turbocharger to further boost performance.


Jaguar Prepping 700-HP Hybrid F-Type

Leapfrogging Porsche.

by on Jun.25, 2013

A new Jaguar F-Type V6 S navigates the Circuito Navarra in Spain.

As regular readers might have noticed, hybrids are no longer for fuel economy anymore.  Well, not exclusively.  There’s a growing list of manufacturers using alternative technologies to add a big performance punch, as well, notably including Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche.

And you’ll soon be able to add Jaguar to that list, if the scuttlebutt proves accurate.  Borrowing a bit of technology from the now-cancelled C-X75 supercar program, Jaguar is reportedly working up a 700-horsepower hybrid driveline for the upcoming coupe version of the new F-Type.

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The new drivetrain – if it makes it beyond the planning stage – would provide a significant bump over the still-new Jaguar F-Type convertible’s 495-hp V8 S model.  And it would bump the top speed from an already impressive 186 mph to something north of 200, according to British auto mag AutoExpress, which broke the story.


Jaguar Scrubs Plans for C-X75 Supercar

“The wrong time” for a $1.5 million automobile.

by on Dec.12, 2012

Jaguar has killed the closely-watched C-X75 supercar project but hopes to reuse some of its technology.

Jaguar has decided to cancel production plans for the high-tech C-X75 supercar, contending that it is “the wrong time” to bring out a vehicle that could push upwards of $1.5 million considering the current global economic situation.

The C-X75 concept won wide praise for both its design and technology when it debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Several months later, Jaguar officials announced plans to produce the plug-in hybrid, albeit replacing the show car’s twin turbine generators with a more conventional internal combustion engine.

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Despite nearly two years of development, the program has now been nixed, Jaguar’s global brand chief Adrian Hallmark told Britain’s Autocar, though five running prototypes will be completed by May 2013.

“We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar,” Hallmark told the magazine. “This is backed up by other products from us that people are screaming out for.”


A 900 hp Hybrid? Think Ferrari

Italian maker's Enzo successor coming to Detroit Auto Show.

by on Oct.09, 2012

An image from Ferrari shows how the V-12 and HY-KERS hybrid system will fit inside the new supercar debuting in Detroit next January.

Mention hybrids and most folks will likely picture a slow and staid automobile whose primary advantage is fuel efficiency.  But a new Ferrari, codenamed F150, is likely to change that perception.

And, no, that’s not the Italian maker’s first-ever truck.  F150 is internal code for what is expected to be the successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo.  What name it will use in the showroom remains a top secret but Italian media are speculating it could be the F70.

Based on an ultra-light carbon fiber chassis, the new model is expected to pack a 900-horsepower drivetrain into its engine bay, a powertrain pairing a V-12 gasoline engine and a lithium-ion-based hybrid system.

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To put things into comparison, that’s nine times more than the standard Toyota Prius and seven times more than the bigger Prius V. Measured another way, Ferrari has revealed the F150 will make about 0.61 horsepower per pound of weight, one of the best power-to-weight ratios ever seen, so 0 to 60 times could be at least four times faster than that of your everyday hybrid.


Return of the Ford GT?

Is maker readying a hybrid supercar.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Is Ford preparing a next-gen GT hybrid supercar?

More than four years after the last Ford GT blasted out of the showroom, the Dearborn maker is reportedly readying an all-new 2-seater, but rather than the retro-styled supercar it built between 2005 and ’06, the next-generation GT is expected to feature decidedly futuristic styling – and a hybrid powertrain to go with it.

If anything, the upcoming Ford GT would have more in common with the new Porsche 918 Spyder than the original GT40 that stormed the race circuit nearly a half century ago.  How soon the new GT might make it to market – if, indeed, the reports prove accurate – is anyone’s guess, though a concept version could be readied for roll-out in the coming months.

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But that’s assuming anything really is in the works – a senior source at Ford insisting that “this is all rumor.”  But considering the history of the Ford GT name, it’s understandable why so many people would be wishing for its return.

The original GT40 was among the most terrifying machines ever to race the grueling 24-hour circuit at LeMans, winning the race an astounding four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969.  It was, in fact, the only American-made entry ever to claim an overall, rather than class, victory at LeMans even once.