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Toyota will Return to Le Mans 24 Hours with All-New TS030 Hybrid Race Car

25 Jan

Toyota TS030 Prototype: Photo Courtesy Toyota Motor Corporation and Autoblog.com

Yes, it’s a hybrid. Toyota has unveiled its all-new TS030 Hybrid race car. It will be the first car of its kind to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship when it makes its racing debut on May 5 at the six hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Toyota also hopes to complete head-to-head with Audi Sport’s R18 TDI at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. It has been 13 years since the Japanese manufacturer last took part in the 24 hour race with the TS030’s predecessor the TS020, also known as the Toyota GT-One. Since Toyota’s decision to forgo the 2000 race Audi has dominated the top LMP1 ((Le Mans Prototype 1) class winning 10 of the last 12 races.

Powering the TS030 is a 3.4-liter, naturally aspirated V8 gasoline engine with a hybrid system consisting of capacitor storage areas at the front and rear of the vehicle. The hybrid system allows the vehicle to recoup lost power during braking. However, current racing regulations limit the amount of power stored to 500 kJ (kilojoules). The chassis is comprised of carbon-fiber and was developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG).

Ironically, on the same day Toyota annouced their return for this year’s race, Audi’s recent rival Peugeot has suddenly and unexpectedly withdrawn their 908 LMP1 prototype, which defeated the Audi R15 TDI in 2009 at Le Mans. Without Toyota’s entry the race for the overall crown would have been a foregone conclusion, as Audi would have been the only serious contender in the class.

Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima have been chosen to pilot one of the two prototypes, but the line-up for the second car has yet to be determined.

Video courtesy of Toyota Motorsport GmbH

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One very expensive hybrid: Porsche 918 Spyder to cost $845,000

22 Mar

Matt McCarron

 

Porsche 918 Spyder: Courtesy Porsche GmbH

Hybrids are becoming more and more common on today’s roads and highways. However, there’s one hybrid you will not be seeing often, maybe ever. Porsche announced today they will begin production of the plug-in 918 Spyder hybrid on Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18), with each vehicle expected to cost a hefty $845,000.

Now before you go off the deep end over the vehicle’s exorbitant sticker price, consider this. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid, but it is as far from a Toyota Prius as you could possibly imagine. The Prius’ 1.8-liter I-4 develops a minute 98 horsepower, while the 918 Spyder is powered by a high-revving V8, producing in excess of 500 horsepower. The 918’s two electric engines also produce at least 218 horsepower, for a total output of 718 bhp. Porsche estimates all of this power will enable the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.1 seconds, achieve a top speed in excess of 199 mph and complete a projected sub-7 min, 30 sec Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time.

Yes, the 918 Spyder has lots of horsepower with supercar performance and stunning looks, and will be one of, if not the fastest street legal hybrid vehicle in existence when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2013. But here is the figure that is truly stunning. Porsche estimates the 918 Spyder will achieve a mind-blowing 94 mpg.

The 918 Spyder is scheduled to make its first appearance in U.S. showrooms in late 2013. However, those lucky individuals who put in orders for the supercar have the opportunity to purchase a very exclusive special edition 911 Turbo S with the same acid-green interior and exterior accents as the 918 Spyder. It will also feature a matching production number as their 918 Spyder. The special 911 Turbo S will cost them though. Depending on whether the individual decides on a coupe or convertible the special 911 Turbo S will cost between $160,700 and $172,100.

 

911 Turbo S 918 Spyder Edition: Courtesy Porsche GmbH

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380 horsepower, 34 mpg: The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

16 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Porsche announced that the newest member of its hybrid lineup will become available towards the end of this year. The Panamera S Hybrid is the second vehicle of its kind to be developed by the German manufacturer. The Panamera S Hybrid is not only a hybrid, it’s the most fuel efficient Porsche in history.

The Panamera S Hybrid is capable of producing a total of 380 horsepower; 333 via a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, with the remaining 47 being produced by an electric motor. The electric motor powers the vehicle until it reaches just north of 50 mph. This allows the Panamera S Hybrid to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and top out at 167 mph. All this power is controlled via the 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid: Courtesy Porsche North America

In addition to being powerful, the gasoline and electric combination is also extremely fuel efficient. Porsche estimates the Panamera S Hybrid will average between 33-34 mpg on the highway. The varying mileage is due to low-rolling-resistance tires, which are optional. Another reason for the great fuel economy is what Porsche calls a “sailing” mode. Upon lifting off the gas pedal at highway speeds the gasoline engine completely shuts off and disengaged from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch. The engine kicks back on when the driver applies pressure back onto the gas pedal. This “sailing mode” is possible because of Porsche’s “Hybrid Manager.”

Being that this is a Porsche, the interior comes as well designed and engineered as the exterior and mechanical components. The Panamera S Hybrid is equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Communication Management navigation system (PCM), and bi-xenon headlights. The PCM has a special display, unique to the Panamera S Hybrid, that allows the driver to actively monitor the vehicles hybrid and electrical systems.

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year, with a base MSRP of $95,000.

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