The Super Hybrids


  Lets talk hybrid supercars. This past year we saw the release of three amazing hybrid supercars. Just to clarify for everyone, when I say hybrid supercars, I mean a supercar that uses gas engines and electric motors to help for propulsion. We saw three major players in the supercar game hop on this trend. These companies were Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren and they, respectively, came out with the following models; the 918 Spyder, the LaFerrari and the P1. Now its time for us to decide which one we like the most.

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First we will look at the Porsche 918 Spyder. To start, it comes in at just under $850,000. This car uses a 4.6L V8 in conjunction with two electric motors. It is able to generate a total of 889 hp. If that number seems impressive then you will really like the fact that it creates 940 lb/ft of torque. Only 390 lb/ft of that is generated from the gas engine meaning that 550 lb/ft come from the electric motors. Now all these numbers don't mean anything if they cant be put to the ground efficiently. . The 918 will get you up to 60 in about 2.8 seconds and will keep screaming through the ¼ mile in 10.2 seconds at 125 mph. This car will hit 211 miles per hour and to make things more impressive, if driven normally will get you 71 mpg. I do have to say, I doubt that anyone spending almost $1million on a car really cares all that much about how many mpg they are getting.

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Up next is the LaFerrari. The LaFerrari costs about $1.4 million dollars and there will be a very limited run of production. The LaFerrari is rocking a massive 6.3L V12 engine as well as an electric motor. The V12 puts out 789 hp and 516 lb-ft and the electric engine puts out 161 hp and 199 lb-ft. The combined totals are 950 HP and 715 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are nice, not the most insane but nice. What is impressive are the numbers it produces on the track. This car is able to hit 60 in just 2.5 second, do the quarter in 9.8 @ 150 mph and top out at 218 mph. The numbers that I find to be most impressive are those quarter mile numbers. This car smokes the Porsche 918 on the quarter mile. It is 25 mph faster and almost a half second quicker. Even though this car is a hybrid, it somehow manages to only get 14 mpg.

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The last and certainly not least is the McLaren P1. I have to start out by saying that the P1 is one of my favorite vehicles for the reason that almost every part of this vehicles body shifts and moves. This is done in order to create the right amount of down force in the right place at the exact right time.The P1 would have run you about $1.1 million dollars. The reason I say would have, there will never be another one produced and the current stock is sold out, all 375 of them. To me this vehicle exemplifies the persona of a hypercar and of a hybrid. It uses a “small” displacement engine, turbo chargers and electric motors to generate more power and stay efficient. I say small displacement because the engine is almost a liter smaller than the prior 2 cars mentioned, coming in at 3.8 liters. This V-8 is twin turbocharged and creates 727 hp, 531 lb-ft. Now when you mix this with an electric motor that creates 177 hp and96 lb-ft, you get a package that generates 903 hp and 627 lb-ft. This car will get you to 60 mph in 2.7 second and burn the ¼ mile at 147 mph in 10.0 seconds. This puts the P1 in the middle of the pack. And it gets an average of about 18 mpg but will get you 6 miles of range purely on electricity.

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