World Changing or A Plot to Sell More Tires?
As whispers abound that the whole Hybrid engine technology thing amounts to environmental marketing spin(and as such I think they are still the new intermittent wipers) I am thinking that we need to move on and push for serious electric and hydrogen solutions.
The wheel mounted motors in this bad boy provide some mind blowing performance. AutoExpress reports on a test drive of the Eliica – short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car. This Japanese concept car boasts 800bhp and eight wheels that rocket this baby 0-60 mph in Four seconds and 0-100 mph in Seven seconds. All without a transmission.
Technology like this is the very leading edge. It’s expensive and experimental but Hybid engines were once also. The future holds some promising technologies. Any one prototype may not see it into production but the trend lines are being drawn.