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Hybrids: When you hear that word, you think of slow, ugly cars like the Toyota Prius. However, this is not always the case. Manufacturers like Fisker and Porsche are really taking a giant leap forward with a luxury-exotic sports car that is a hybrid. Other manufacturers are getting great MPG's from gas alone, like the new Morgan Eva GT. But how?Well, let's look at the Prius.

Why would anyone want one?

It is has no performance at all, looks ugly, and isn't exclusive. You look at the Fisker Karma, and you see Maserati-type styling and superior performance to high-end cars, along with great hybrid tech. How is this possible? Well, Fisker has been at this for several years, waiting to get it right before pumping out cars to people on the streets. While Toyota has cars that won't stop due to errors, Fisker doesn't stop until the job is done, RIGHT.

Fisker Karma: NICE!!!

I really don't care for a hybrid car, but when looking at the Fisker Karma, I question myself. It would be a pretty cool car to own. Then you have the Porsche 918 Hybrid. When I first heard Porsche was making a hybrid, I kind of grew away from them. But then I saw the 918, and I was amazed. Supercar performance from Porsche, along with a hybrid system, you can't go wrong.

Porsche 918: Even nicer!

The you have the Morgan Eva GT. This car was recently revealed at the Pebble Beach event. Morgan has now shifted to using 100% Aluminum-made cars. This makes the car extremely strong and rigid, but very lightweight. This car can go 0-60 in under 4 seconds, yet still get around 40-45 MPG.

Morgan Eva GT: Star Trek has come back?

So, the question is: Would you want a nice and high-performance hybrid? Or would you stick with high MPG and high-performance from a gas-only engine?

Write a comment below with what you would like or vote in the poll.

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Link will be open tomorrow.
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Re: Hybrids!
Post on Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:38 pm by Toasterr x
I think I'd prefer the hybrid high-performance cars; I actually read something about a month ago about the 24 hours of Nurburgring. Porsche had a hybrid car in the line up, and it was not only keeping up, but staying in front of the other cars, even with a predisposed weight handicap (25 kg). Sadly it didn't finish the race (the engine quit actually, not the electrics) but it proves that hybrids are just as good, if not better, than their gas counterparts. While the hybid technology in high performance cars is still a little bit twitchy, and the gas engine being tried-and-true, I'd still prefer the hybrid sports car.

I still would never ever drive a Prius. I'd sooner walk everywhere then drive that thing, xD
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:55 pm by Saltine713
Would you mind posting this on the blog when it becomes published?
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:18 am by Toasterr x
Sure thing.

I didn't know if you wanted it posted here or on the blog when it gets published.
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:54 pm by Saltine713
It is fine here, just also on the blog at Wordpress would be nice.
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:19 pm by Guest
Hybrids are a waste of time in my honest opinion. The current hybrids aren't even truly hybrids they are simply an Electric Motor and a Petrol Engine working together which produces horrible results.

These cars use up more emissions to produce than a standard car, producing more CO2 emissions overall in comparison to a standard car.

They still use petrol, its not going to save the oil resources at all which is what they claim to do. They're aren't enough of them around to make any impact on prolonging the use of oil either.

Where do you think most of the electricity comes from to power the car which normally takes over 12 hours to charge... From fossil fuels such as coal, and we think this is saving the environment?

Also not to mention that a standard diesel car will get better MPG (miles per gallon) than a standard hybrid car!

A true hybrid was actually emulated on the popular British show Top Gear when they created their Hammerhead iEagle Thrust (Geoff II) where instead of having a petrol and electric motor together, what they had instead was an electric motor, that was being recharged by a diesel generator (similar to the Electric Diesel trains). This meant that the car only ever needed a tiny amount of Diesel to run, and its fuel efficiency was way higher than a standard diesel car as well. It also meant that they never had to recharge the batteries at the socket neither because the batteries were constantly being recharged.

It could achieve some decent speeds, even with panels flopping everywhere it could do 60mph very quickly, better than most electric cars. And out sped the Prius in a drag race! With more batteries it would go faster, especially since electric motors always produce 100% torque, 100% of the time.

There are some problems with this though, one noise, a generator is very loud but then not much research has been done into produce quieter ones. And two weight, batteries used in cars (believe they are Li-on batteries, similar to laptop batteries) are very heavy, as proven by the Tesler, a £90,000 electric car which was faster than a Lotus Elise round the Top Gear test track but thanks to all those batteries made it extremely heavy.

Another option is the Hydrogen fuel cell car which is cheaper than petrol, and as the most abundant substance in the universe, will never run out. The main problem with that is obtaining it, while it is very common it is almost always attached to something else (H2O, Water) and can be difficult to extract, it is also quite hard to store as it is so light it needs to be compressed a lot to be usable by a car!

Although they do say that a hydrogen fuel cell car could power an entire street of houses on its own without any power. So if the money was put into researching this we could find ourselves with very powerful cars.

Unfortunately though companies just don't want to spend money to research these technologies because they want someone else to spend the money so they can cash in later. The oil companies wont pay for it because they make so much money out of oil, they don't care if its running out as long as they get their mega-profits. And the governments? why promote the use of other fuels or bio-fuels when they already have such high taxes on petrol and diesel? They would lose a massive chunk of revenue that is used to run the country then, the same way they don't want people to stop smoking or drinking.

And with these money grabbing times and with the economic slump nobody is going to fork out until they have to, which unfortunately is the sad truth and those who are concerned just don't have the power or money to help.
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:20 pm by Guest
Sorry for the wall of text anyway, I thought it would be a good read for you all Razz
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:35 pm by Saltine713
Luke, you should be a writer for TCF! That is amazing!
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:38 pm by Guest
I have my own Wordpress blog which I don't really use anymore lol. Feel free to use this article in the TCF Blog if you want, as long as credit is given Razz
Re: Hybrids!
Post on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:38 pm by Saltine713
Blog is up, if you want to post this stuff there:
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