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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Eco Friendly Sports Cars that leave an Aston Martin cold.

Audi R Zero 

The Audi R Zero is definitely one of the sexiest prototypes out there.  This exotic beauty features four electric in wheel motors totaling an enormous 1091 horse power.  That is right, over a 1000 HP in this bad boy excelling it from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

Venturi Fetish 

The Venturi Fetish is one of the more exotic looking electric cars out there.  Although very exotic looking, the Venturi Fetish is one of the slower electric cars available topping out around 100MPH.  The sexy Fetish goes from 0-60 in just shy of five seconds making it fast enough for the average person.   The Fetish is capable of driving around 150 miles without charging. Luckily the batteries are capable of charging in roughly an hour on a 30kW three phase charger or in three hours on your standard power plug.

Citroen C-Metisse Concept
 The Citroen C-Metisse was first unveiled in 2006 at the Paris AutoShow. The concept is an interesting mix of performance and technology.  The power plant is a 2.7L 208HP V6 diesel engine coupled with a 20hp electric engine.  What makes this vehicle interesting is that it is capable of running independently on either engine, or in mixed mode depending on your performance needs.Going from 0-60 in the C-Metisse will take just more than 6 seconds, however the slightly slower speeds are made up with the amazing fuel economy;  36MPG!

 Saab Aero-X  
Ever wanted to know how a car would perform that ran on a pure ethanol engine? Wonder no more, Saab came out with the Aero-X concept car at the 2006 Salon International de L’auto. This gorgeous dream car is hosts a 2.8L Twin Turbo V6 engine producing 400hp and tearing through 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.  To make the Aero-X really stand out, it doesn’t even have doors! The entire cockpit opens up in a similar fashion to a jet.


Toyota FT-HS
 Toyota should not be counted out when considering your next green sports car.  The FT-HS stands for ‘Future Toyota Hybrid Sport’ and looks to make a major dent in the eco friendly sports car market. The FT-HS’s power train is scheduled to produce over 400HP and hit 0-60 in under 4 seconds.  The Toyota HT-HS will combine a 3.5L V6 motor with an electric motor to accelerate the car to ridiculous speeds.  Expect to see this car available at a starting point of roughly $30,000 USD making it not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also affordable, something most of these cars lack.

Tesla Roadster
 The Tesla Roadster is probably the most famous eco friendly sports car getting attention from all around the globe. The Tesla Roadster is the first car being produced by Tesla Motors.  The car borrows the basic chassis from the Lotus Elise but aside from the chassis is a unique vehicle.  The Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and is capable of 244 miles on a single charge.  The estimated fuel consumption when compared in terms of energy usage is the gas equivalent of 120mpg making the Tesla Roadster probably the most efficient electric sports car available.

Ronn Motors Scorpion
The Scorpion uses a unique fuel mixture of gasoline and hydrogen to help reduce fuel emissions and increase efficiency. Using an on-demand hydrogen system that constantly collects water molecules, processes it into hydrogen, and delivers it to the intake manifold; the engine receives fuel that is 30-40% hydrogen. This gives the Scorpion 40 MPG. 

Lotus Eco Elise
The Eco by Lotus is based off the standard Elise S. The concept is a low-emission eco-friendly model with various elements fabricated from natural resources. For example the body panels are made of hemp, eco-wool and sisal. In addition Lotus utilized water-based paints to help reduce pollution during the painting process.

The Velozzi, an Italian sports car, was created for the X-Prize title of most environmentally friendly and marketable car. The car is unique because it can accept a wide range of fuels including biodiesel, ethanol, gasoline, and methanol. The car has a top speed of over 200 mph and can go 0 to 60 in roughly 3 seconds.

 Fisker Karma
The Karma is a plug-in hybrid electic vehicle. It uses Q-drive technology in which a small gasoline-powered generator charges its battery. The Fisker Karma is able to travel 50 miles using only electricity after which its gasoline engine will kick in. The Karma can get 100 mpg and can hit a top speed of 125 mph. The car can reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The roof is lined with solar panels that aid in the charging of the batteries and also help keep the interior of the car cool while it is parked. The Karma is priced at $80,000. 

The Lightning GT

The Lightning GT is an all electric sports car produced by British manufacturer Lightning. Like the Tesla roadster the Lightning GT can travel 250 miles on single charge and apparently it only takes 10 minutes to charge the vehicle. Its batteries were designed by Altair Nanotech and are more stable and less toxic than conventional batteries. Its motor output the equivalent of 650 hp and help the car reach 60 mph in less than 4 seconds with top speed of 130 mph. The body of the car is made of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The car is priced at $300,000.

Ecofriendly tends to conjure images of organic wheat sprouts and lots of staycations - but when being sensitive to the environment is of critical importance those of high net worth will be pioneering the way.  No longer restricted to the Prius or Smart Car many looking for a sports car are willing to go off the beaten path and switch to an electric or hybrid car.