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Despite huge development costs and great hopes of making Formula One racing more eco-friendly, the Kinetic energy recuperation system (KERS) used by some teams during the 2009 season has been dropped for this year. The technology does work and both Ferrari and McLaren have won races thanks to it. Continue reading
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Advanced showings and calculated leaks have sucked much of the excitement and anticipation from media days at auto shows but we thankfully still get surprised now and then. In Geneva, Porsche did just that by pulling a spectacular new sports car concept out of its hat.
The 918 Spyder is a lean, low, gorgeous roadster that happens to be a plug-in hybrid, no less. A very fast hybrid, mind you. Its powertrain combines a 3.4-litre gasoline-fed V8 mounted between the cabin and rear axle with electric motors that can drive the front and wheels, combining all-wheel drive and Porsche’s ‘torque-vectoring’ technology. Continue reading