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so I thought I had posted in here before but does anyone else think it would kick rump roast to drop some in hub electric motors with regen breaking and a capacitor as well as the computer to link the electric and gas drive platforms... hm... AWD when you need it RWD when you don't plus you get all that tasty torque at the front for launches and that doesn't hurt your clutch or trans either...

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The reason hybrid cars don't see race application outside of college students trying to make a point, is that of weight. They have an engine, a transmission, then 4 electric motors each with their own, albeit smaller transmissions, plus however many batteries it has, usually 8. It's all pretty heavy when you could've just had an engine and trans.

 

Look up the Ariel Atom. It's not a hybrid, but, it is electric, ridiculously fast, and not deliberately stupid looking. There's a gas one too.

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Hands down the BEST hybrid in production right now is the Porsche 918 spyder. Beauty, brains, and brawn in one super sweet package.

 

That said, for my dollars, I'd have a Chevy Volt. My daily commute is about 30mi round trip, so I'd never need fuel. Though it would be nice to know i have the range to drive it anywhere i needed to go.

In my mind series hybrid is the way to go. Pure electric drive with a gas backup generator is much easier to deal with than integrated motor assist. Its easier to package, and easier to work on. I just dont understand why it needs such a large engine to do what it does. I would think a smaller 2, or 3 cyl would get the job done.

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The best? La Ferrari. I took this pic last month at the museum in Italy, what an amazing bit of hardware.

 

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Zoom in and read the specs!

 

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I like the way Porsche separates the fuel/electric systems. Using electric to drive otherwise undriven wheels is the way to go efficency wise.

 

GMC showed a hybrid pickup several years ago that used the electrics in a novel way. It had 2 motors like the 918, but had one wrappedaround the rear driveshaft, the other driving the front wheels thru the front diff. I'm not sure why that never made the cut for production. It makes sense in a pickup.

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Ferrari went this way to keep in the tradition of a mid engine rear drive car. I recall a truck like that, probably the same one, probably failed to due to cost.

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Hands down the BEST hybrid in production right now is the Porsche 918 spyder. Beauty, brains, and brawn in one super sweet package.

 

That said, for my dollars, I'd have a Chevy Volt. My daily commute is about 30mi round trip, so I'd never need fuel. Though it would be nice to know i have the range to drive it anywhere i needed to go.

In my mind series hybrid is the way to go. Pure electric drive with a gas backup generator is much easier to deal with than integrated motor assist. Its easier to package, and easier to work on. I just dont understand why it needs such a large engine to do what it does. I would think a smaller 2, or 3 cyl would get the job done.

Amazing car the 918, but no longer in production. They made all 918 of them.

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