MANILA: There were times when, hybrid cars were just looked upon as green car, that are just meant to be environment-friendly and fuel efficient. But, the way we view hybrid cars has been transformed in years. Since its advent, hybrid technology has come a long way from being eco-conscious to performance oriented too. Today, we stand on the precipice of a hybrid revolution, wherein automakers are constantly evolving, to create machines that are not only high on the economy, but high on performance too. These new breeds of cars that mix battery power with a traditional internal combustion engine and delivers a supersonic drive have arrived.
We are taking a look at the top 5 fastest hybrid cars, which were able to surpass their gasoline or diesel-powered predecessors in terms of both efficiency and performance.
ed of 340Km/h, Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest hybrid car in the world. With a firing 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds, the 918 Spyder is like a typhoon on wheels. 918 owes is lightning speed to a massive 4.6-liter V8 engine, along with two permanent magnet AC synchronous motors, which generates a massive power of 887Hp. The extra batteries contribute to its massive power, but also increases the kerb weight, making it heavier than direct competitor McLaren P1. Nonetheless, its awe-inspiring performance has overshadowed both P1 and La Ferrari.
The British automaker McLaren has been world famous to craft cars that push the envelope in terms of car design and engineering. All McLaren rides have been topping the charts in terms of speed, performance or design. After the tremendous success of McLaren F1, the British automaker decided to rule the hybrid segment, hence the onset of P1. The McLaren P1 generates a fierce 903Hp, thanks to its robust 3.8 liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine and electric motors. This robust powertrain allows the car to shoot from 0-60mph like a wildfire in mere 2.8 Seconds. Flying at a top speed of 217 mph, this engineering marvel from McLaren is a dream come true caThere were times when, hybrid cars were just looked upon as green car, that are just meant to be environment-friendly and fuel efficient. But, the way we view hybrid cars has been transformed in years. Since its advent, hybrid technology has come a long way from being eco-conscious to performance oriented too.
The prancing horse of Italy – Ferrari has been ruling the roads with its supersonic speed even since. Be it the classic beauty with a robust heart F12, or a race track king Enzo, Ferrari's exotic cars have been in the top of every speed junkie's bucket list. And to now prove its metal in the hybrid segment, Ferrari crafted the magnificent La Ferrari with the sole purpose of speed and supersonic speed. The 6.3 liter normally aspirated V12 engine puts out 789 HP, while the electric motor puts out 161 HP, for a combined output of 949 horsepower. La Ferrari runs at a hypersonic speed of 217mph sprinting from 0 to 60mph in less than three seconds.
The green cars have always been high on economy and low on design and performance, but the BMW's futuristic car – i8 brought a breath of fresh air in the hybrid section. Undeniably, the most good looking hybrid car, i8 can make any head turn on the road. The desirability of this gorgeous looking car went a notch higher with its flash-like speed. The BMW i8 uses a 231 HP turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with a 131 HP electric motor, generating a massive power of 357Hp. The i8’s 0-60 speed is a scant 4.4 seconds, meaning that this car not only looks pretty but can lay down some devastating performances on the track. BMW’s made some huge strides in developing hybrid technology, and the i8 is most certainly the company’s crowning achievement.
If anybody can make cars that are at the pinnacle of technology, cars that are not only eco-conscious but super fast too, then it has to be Japanese. The Japanese automaker– Infiniti has proven that it crafts cars that deliver it all, from luxurious interiors to glorious exteriors and a top-notch performance, and with Q70, Infiniti has shown that they are magnificent in the hybrid department too. Behind the nimble-range top performance of Infiniti Q70 is a 3.5-liter V6 engine, along with an electric counterpart, which can generate 360 horsepower. The Q70 sprints from 0-60mph in merely 4.9 seconds, beating out its gasoline-only brother in terms of performance.
Fast like the Superhero “Flash”, these supersonic cars are the ultimate fantasy of every auto-addict. Let us know which car raise your heartbeats in the comment section below.