McLaren’s future model ranges will be exclusively hybrid from as soon as their next generations, but the relative emissions win could leave room for combustion-only special editions, according to reports. The Ultimate and Super Series will run out their current production schedules before switching to hybrid drivetrains as soon as next year - starting with the three-seater Ultimate Series GT codenamed BP23. If the rumours are true, the Super Series could be moving to downsized V6 turbo engines slotted into a further development of the famed McLaren Monocell carbonfibre chassis, now on its second generation. The Sports Series, currently made up of variations on the 570S, will be the last to be electrified – in 2022 – because its first replacement is due too soon to adapt it to the changing legal emissions landscape. McLaren prefers to design-in hybridisation from day one rather than rush an adaptation. Autocar quotes McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt as saying: … [Read more...] about McLaren Is Rapidly Heading For Downsized V6 Hybrids
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Electric vehicles have never been heavy on sound, and with Mercedes-AMG set to embrace electrification in the coming years, fans who have been used to Affalterbach’s growly V8s will no doubt be feeling numb. It’s no surprise, then, that the company has tapped the expertise of the rockers at Linkin Park to help define the sound of its upcoming hybrid models, according to Wheels.The much-loved American band may have lost its frontman Chester Bennington to suicide in July, but it’s still at the top of its game when it comes to creating a complex, layered electronic sound. Mercedes-AMG had already built up a partnership with Linkin Park, using the band’s songs in its ads before featuring the lads in videos celebrating its 50th anniversary.However, the collaboration has gone further than that – Mercedes-AMG chief executive officer Tobias Moers told the Australian publication that Linkin Park was one of several experts in various industries that the company … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG taps Linkin Park to define electrified vehicle sound as hybrids approach production – report
The FIA and Formula 1 have laid out proposals for the next generation of power units (PU) that will be used from 2021, with an overall framework set to be published at the end of 2017. “We’ve carefully listened to what the fans think about the current PU and what they would like to see in the near future, with the objective to define a set of regulations which will provide a powertrain that is simpler, cheaper and noisier and will create the conditions to facilitate new manufacturers to enter Formula 1 as powertrain suppliers and to reach a more levelled field in the sport,” said Ross Brawn, managing director of Formula 1. Among the key features of the proposals presented to manufacturer representatives (engine suppliers) is the continued use of the 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 hybrid power unit first introduced in 2014. The single turbo attached to the engine will need to follow dimensional constraints and weight limits. It isn’t all identical though, as a number … [Read more...] about FIA, Formula 1 reveal 2021 engine framework proposal – 1.6L turbo V6 hybrid stays but with modifications
Buyers will have yet another 2014 Honda Accord variant to choose from once the Accord Hybrid goes on sale later this year, and we’ve just previewed the Japanese-market version of the non-plug-in hybrid online. We hear the U.S.-spec Accord Hybrid will have front styling that more closely resembles that of the regular I-4 and V-6 Accords. Like the Honda Accord PHEV, the Accord posted on Honda‘s Japanese site has blue trim on the front grille, and blue-hued headlights. Unlike the PHEV, though, this Accord wears more conservative wheels, and we don’t see the PHEV’s charge port flap on the front panel. The 2014 Accord Hybrid will utilize Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system that consists of a 137-hp 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle I-4 that works with a 124-kW traction electric motor, which can function as an electric continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), and a 105-kW electric motor for power generation. Total peak output is rated at 196 hp. Honda expects the … [Read more...] about JDM Honda Accord Hybrid Revealed – Should U.S. Car Look Like This?
Honda is investing $23 million to expand its Marysville Auto Plant, in Ohio, for production of the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid that goes on sale toward the end of the year. The 95,000-square-foot expansion will house assembly processes and logistics specifically for the hybrid model. Honda expects to create about 50 jobs with the investment. The 2014 Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) sedans use Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system that consists of a 137-hp 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 used in tandem with a 124-kW traction electric motor, which can function as an electric continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), and a 105-kW electric motor for power generation. Total peak output is rated at 196 hp. The non-plug-in Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to be EPA-rated at 49/45 mpg city/highway, though official ratings haven’t been released. The Accord PHEV has been rated at 115 MPGe with a range of 13 miles on electric power. Pricing for the 2014 Honda Accord … [Read more...] about $23 Million Investment: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to be Built in Marysville, Ohio
The introduction of the new LC performance coupe is a significant illustration of Lexus’ dedication to create cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance. In the space of just 27 years, Lexus has had a transformative effect on the world’s luxury car market. Engineering excellence has produced generations of powerful, responsive engines and transmissions, while its pioneering hybrid technology has taken efficiency and smoothness to ever higher levels. Cutting-edge design and a contemporary approach to luxury based on master craftsmanship traditions further emphasize its status as a world-class luxury vehicle manufacturer. Now Lexus is building on its established strengths and evolving its reputation for vehicle development to explore new opportunities in design and technology that reshape its model range. The change is being led from the top by Akio Toyoda, who in taking on the roles of Lexus’ Chief Branding Officer and master driver, has given … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h Hybrid
The 2013 Honda Accord has been rolled out of its Ohio assembly plant on 20th of this month. The Japanese car maker had started the series production of this refreshed version and the first model has already been displayed at the Hagerstown Honda dealership in Maryland. Very soon, all the dealerships in America will be having this new version for sale. The one which already reached the dealership was covered with balloons to hide the interiors, however, certain details were given out. Information was shared on the available trim levels and also the standard features that would describe the 2013 Honda Accord. The refreshed version would be made available in two body styles. One would be the four-door sedan and the other would be the two-door coupe. It will also come with three different engine options. One can choose from a 181 HP 2.4-litre inline four, a 3.5-litre V6 and a 2.0-litre hybrid powerplant. The pricing of this new version has not been announced yet. … [Read more...] about 2013 Honda Accord Details & Features
As a longtime champion of clean-diesel technology in the American market, Volkswagen’s decision to launch its all-new Touareg with a hybrid version comes as something of a surprise. Not only does VW have a stable of proven, efficient oil-burners to choose from, but the firm has, until very recently, savored its role as a skeptic of EV and hybrid drivetrains. And with the GM/Chrysler/BMW/Mercedes Two-Mode hybrid system conclusively failing to build a market for large gas-electric Utes, it seemed that the era of mass-market hybrid SUVs was at an end anyway. So, does VW’s excursion from its comfort zone make more sense on (or off) the road than on paper?From the outside, the Touareg Hybrid’s most distinctive feature is VW’s latest aggressive corporate grille, which blends well with the standard (on Hybrids only) HID headlamps and LED accent lights. The wide and low stance fools the eye into believing the new Touareg has lost some girth compared to the old … [Read more...] about Review: 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid
As of October, the most fuel-efficient mid-sized sedan in America is the Honda Accord. Or so Honda says. After all, Ford has been trumpeting a matching 47 MPG combined from their Fusion. Who is right? And more importantly, can the Accord get Honda back into the hybrid game after having lost the initial hybrid battles with their maligned Integrated Motor Assist system? Honda invited us to sample the 2014 Accord Hybrid as well as a smorgasbord of competitive products to find out. ExteriorI have always been a fan of “elegant and restrained” styling which explains my love for the first generation Lexus LS. That describes the 2014 Accord to a tee. Like the regular Accord, the hybrid is devoid of sharp creases, dramatic swooshes, edgy grilles or anything controversial. This is a slightly different take than the Accord Plug-in which swaps the standard Accord bumper for a bumper with a slightly awkward gaping maw. In fact, the only thing to show that something green this way … [Read more...] about First Drive Review: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (With Video)
With rumors coming in that Toyota is repositioning its planned FT-86 “Toyobaru” sports coupe to reflect higher price and higher buyer age targets, word around the enthusiast fring of the autoblogosphere has been downright apocalyptic. After all, the promised combination of a $20k base price, manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive were what launched the FT-86 to internet notoriety. But development overruns are a fact of life, and Toyota says it has no choice but to bump the FT-86’s projected price point to $23k base, $26k loaded-level. So while the FT-86 faces the bloat that comes with a more upmarket target, another sports coupe aimed at undercutting the FT-86’s prices by about $5k is already under development according to Road & Track.According to RT’s source, This car will measure about 150 in. overall length and come powered by the company’s 3SZ-VE engine, a 1.5-liter inline-4 that produces 109 bhp. It will feature a front-engine/rear drive … [Read more...] about Toyota Hints At Cheaper, Lighter “Baby FT-86,” Is A Mid-Engine Hybrid Roadster Next?