We've found a lot of like about the i8, BMW's plug-in-hybrid near-supercar. But the engineers at BMW apparently want to build something even more extreme. According to a new report from Autocar, BMW plans to develop a new hybrid, mid-engined supercar that would compete with entries from the likes of McLaren.Autocar says that rather than a direct BMW i8 successor, the new model would be much more expensive and considerably more powerful. It would reportedly use a six-cylinder engine, instead of the i8's turbocharged triple, and gutsier electric motors. All told, 700 horsepower is allegedly the target. As with the i8 -- and the supercars BMW aims to compete with -- the new model would be built from carbon fiber to keep weight low."If you are an engineer, once in your life, you want to make a super-sports car," Klaus Fröhlich, BMW's board member responsible for research and development, told Autocar. "I think partial electrification will enable that."BMW has publicly committed to … [Read more...] about BMW rumored to be developing electrified, i8-replacing supercar
caption Our Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo test car. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is all-new for 2018. It’s a hybrid version of Porsche’s first ever production wagon. Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by a 550 horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 along with a 136 horsepower hybrid drive unit to produce 680 horsepower. The hybrid drive system is inspired by the million-dollar 918 hybrid hypercar. According to Porsche, the hybrid V8 wagon can go from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 192 mph. Once again, we were impressed by the Panamera’s power, luxury, technology, and versatility. However, it wasn’t as fast as we had expected and it’s very pricey. The base Porsche Panamera sedan starts at $86,3000 while our Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo wagon starts at $188,400. Options and fees pushed … [Read more...] about We drove a $211,000 Porsche Panamera to see if it’s a hybrid supercar with room for the whole family. Here’s the verdict.
A modern Formula One car almost looks like no one is driving. The driver sits hunkered down behind crash-protection structures, with just the tip of the helmet visible. But at least drivers keep a high profile when they get out of the cars; the legions of engineers and mechanics that build and maintain F1 cars almost never see the limelight. It’s easy to forget that human beings make technology—and all of the amazing things it does—possible. But it’s the human element that Infiniti believes is key to advancing both road cars and F1 race cars. Infiniti is partnering with the Renault Sport Formula One team in order to orchestrate a transfer of technology. But instead of sharing exhaust manifolds or computer chips, Infiniti and Renault are sharing people—engineers—in order to make cars better both on and off the track. “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” One of the oldest maxims in the auto industry is “win on Sunday, sell on … [Read more...] about Infiniti is using Formula One racing to hone its hybrid skills
Previous Next 1 of 5 The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the most extreme production car ever to come out of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG skunkworks. A hybrid supercar incorporating Formula One racing technology, the Project One is now undergoing testing on public roads as part of the final stages of its development. Get your camera out. Mercedes built the Project One to pat itself on the back for recent racing success, incorporating genuine F1 DNA in the form of a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 taken straight from race cars, backed by a hybrid system. Unlike F1 cars, the Project One is all-wheel drive, with two electric motors powering the front wheels and the V6 working with a third electric motor to power the rear wheels. A fourth motor spools up the turbocharger for increased responsiveness. Some tech from the Project One is also expected to trickle down to more mainstream AMG performance cars. The Project One was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and since then … [Read more...] about Get your camera out: Mercedes-AMG Project One supercar tests on public roads
Previous Next 1 of 5 Ever since the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione ended production in 2010 after a very short run beginning in 2007, car enthusiasts and Alfisti (diehard Alfa Romeo enthusiasts) wondered if there would ever be a successor. With the untimely and sad death of former Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, just last month, Alfa’s future was further clouded by the disruption. But, as the late great Marchionne would likely say, the show must go on, and thus, it appears Alfa will be building a new 8C supercar and it’s going to be a plug-in electric hybrid. News comes in from CAR Magazine in the United Kingdom, who recently got the detailed scoop on Alfa Romeo’s next halo car. It will be a successor to the 8C Competizione and will supposedly retain the 8C name. In the outlet’s August 2018 print issue (yes, some magazines still do that in 2018), CAR outlined some of the key highlights of what to expect with Alfa … [Read more...] about Alfa Romeo’s working on a new 8C gas-electric plug-in hybrid supercar