The "Responsible" Hypercar
by Pablo Balbiani
The concept of the hypercar has always focused on the track experience it can deliver. The 0-100 km/h time has to be blistering quick, top speed has to be well over 300km/h and the weight of the car has to be kept to a minimal. For the past two decades performance has been the only thing that drives the development of these cars, you wouldn’t particularly think that fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions are considered during the development of these speed demons. Well, you’d be wrong! The new breed to hypercars are hybrids! They use a combined internal combustion engine and electric motors to power the vehicle.
The Porsche 918 is a car that goes above and beyond environmental expectations of any hybrid car. It comes with five driving modes which range from strictly electric power to operating both the petrol and electric engines in way to increase power output from the unit. Current estimates suggests that over ¼1/4 of the CO2 emissions come from transportation. Porsche knew that it had to come up with an alternative to help solve the environmental problem that is caused by the automotive industry. On its e-hybrid driving mode the Porsche 918 is more fuel efficient than a Toyota Prius, achieving an astounding 39 km per litre. The current Canadian economic plan forces consumers to pay a tax on gasoline, which the provincial governments adjust as a means to encourage less consumption of fossil fuels. The 918 conforms to the energy alternative of using less fossil fuels. The price of the 918 is just as astonishing as you may think, coming in at a hefty 1.5 million USD.