German sports car maker Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, which uses a combination of gasoline and electric power to improve acceleration while boosting fuel economy in around-town driving. Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid is all wheel drive which generates 887 horsepower from a V8 engine and electric motors on its front and rear axles, sprints from zero to 60 miles an hour in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. The company said the new car “demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive”. Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid has several driving modes. In the E-Power mode the car travels up to 18 miles on battery power and can accelerate to 60 mph in about seven seconds.
The PAL-V ONE is a two seat hybrid car and gyroplane: a personal air and land vehicle. What makes the PAL-V ONE attractive is the convenience of fully integrated door-to-door transportation. On the ground this slim, aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle has the comfort of a car with the agility of a motorcycle thanks to its patented, cutting-edge, ‘tilting’ system. It can be driven to the nearest airfield and take off just like any other airplane. The single rotor and propeller are unfolded to make the PAL-V ONE ready to fly. When airborne, the PAL-V usually flies below 4,000 feet (1,200 m), the airspace available for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic; so there will be no interference from commercial air traffic. Furthermore, the PAL-V is powered by a very robust, flight certified aircraft engine.
The car was designed by the German automaker Audi AG as a replacement for Audi R15 TDI. Like its direct predecessor, R18 is equipped with a turbocharged diesel engine, but the reduced capacity – 3.7 liters in the configuration of V6. In addition, the R18 prototype the first time since 1999 implemented a closed cabin design. Every year Audi R18 TDI wins a victory in the competition at Le Mans. However, Audi, as well as auto companies such as Peugeot and Toyota, is trying to equip its hybrid cars to reach a new level of racing and try to win with the new power plant. Brand new prototype hybrid Audi R18 has already been seen during a secret test drive on the track at Sebring (USA). The new hybrid will fully meet all the requirements of the races of Le Mans. According to preliminary data, the hybrid model of the Audi R18 will participate in next year’s competitions FIA World Endurance Championship 2012. With the new hybrid engine, the exterior of the car dramatically changed.