Style & Culture

Hypermiler

Thu Feb 21 2013 14:05:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I'm not usually one for supercars, but this McLaren P1 is going to be a hybrid. An electric motor will grant you an additional 176 hp instantly and help decrease shift times by quickly dropping engine speed when downshifting.

Cool.

Steve Redmond

Thu Feb 21 2013 15:05:55 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I, for one, am excited to see new technology of any kind embraced, especially in the world of supercars. Often manufacturers shy away from serious evolution for fear of customers thinking the car will have no "soul."

Fri Feb 22 2013 00:20:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Interesting concept, but nothing ground breaking. Porsche has actually been utilizing the hybrid technology in their track cars for years now. From what I've seen they've opted for the use of fly wheels opposed to battery packs, but the idea is the same, store up that extra juice for when you need a sudden blast of extra power to make that yellow light!

John Reed

Thu Feb 21 2013 20:30:56 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

"an electric motor will grant you an additional 176 hp instantly" That's about 1.5x a Prius's total HP... Taking the concept of "hybrid" to a whole different level

T Hugger

Fri Feb 22 2013 20:05:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Why would you ever need 176 hp of ADDITIONAL horsepower? This just seems excessive to me