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They should use hybrid cars for performance purposes

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by mr00jimbo, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. mr00jimbo

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    They kind of do, but they're only for high end cars.
    Imagine a big body Impala SS, rear wheel drive, with a small gas engine assisted by a hybrid battery.

    Or a 4runner that uses a big hybrid battery to generate a lot of low end torque. Maybe mate that to a diesel engine. Is there any reason why you couldn't get 30 mpg city in a big hybrid car/truck?

    The problem with small, economy cars is that they're small, they're tinny, they're low on power, especially when you load them up with people/gear.

    I think it could be done.

    Your thoughts?
     
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    A behemouth with hybrid technology makes about as much sense as a double Whopper with cheese, fries...and a diet Coke. HH
     

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    weight=hp... so, i'd pass.
     
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    Our local buses are hybrid.
     
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    I think anything would help. Especially with the new mileage standards that are supposed to be put into place...I just don't know how the car manufacturers are going to do it any other way.

    I'd buy a hybrid if it made sense. Currently, it doesn't.
     
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    THat's what I order when I go to BK!:rofl:
     
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    Micro diesels. IIRC, the diesel Smart Car (not available here) gets well into the 50s city. HH
     
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    A "behemoth" hybrid can kinda-sorta make sense, if you're talking about a big truck, or something like a bus or garbage truck that doesn't need performance and does a lot of start & stopping.

    Bumping an 8-12mpg vehicle up to 15-20, especially if it sees tons of miles, is a much larger marginal improvement and cost savings than coaxing 45 mpg out of a little crapbox that would've done 30 w/o the hybrid gear.

    But for performance, it's a losing proposition. Gas is so much more energy-dense than a battery, so all you're doing is piling on an extra 500+ pounds to get the same power another half liter of displacement would get you.

    It's a gimmick for people with more money than sense. A boring old small block V8 can put out any realistic amount of power you'd ever want in a street car, in a relatively simple, cheap, lightweight package. Electric motor assist seems like a neat idea, but to add any legitimate power boost you're going to turn a nimble sports car into a bloated Lexus.
     
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    Straight electric yields much better performance.
     
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    Porsche makes a Panamara Hybrid, and Audi is going to make a hybrid A6 based off the 2.0T. Lexus has the upcoming GS450H and also has the LS600H.
     
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    Lexus makes performance oriented hybrids. But look at something like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, or the Malibu Hybrid. They're not performance cars, but they're large sedans with excellent gas mileage. The Fusion Hybrid clocks 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, which is really not bad for a family sedan.

    A hybrid diesel would be amazingly efficient, and I think they're improving the batteries as technology improves.
     
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    Beat me to it...but you need pictures

    But a 750hp hybrid is decent...

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    YouTube xtreme power jeep wrangler or f150. They have developed a stand alone, bolt on, plug in hybrid system that allows 30 miles or so on only batt power and electric assistance for torque and mileage after that.

    Pretty impressive, and I'm not into that technology.