Top 5 Environmentally Friendly Supercars

Top 5 Environmentally Friendly Supercars

Nothing short of groundbreaking, the masculine invention of the supercar has revolutionised the way we live. Starting off as a mere mode of transport, a car has evolved into a symbol of social status and even a work of art! Just ask any car enthusiast or ‘gearhead’ and they can drone on all day about the sleek flawless curves of a Ferrari 458 Spider. With such unbridled enthusiasm on display, you’ll swear that they are describing the girl of their dreams!

Are you sold by the artistic merits of the Andy Warhol BMW M1 and 458 Spider?
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Ever since the invention of the wheel, men have always pushed the boundaries of physics with an unquenchable need for speed. By wielding the tool of technology, we have given birth to lighting fast pieces of machinery which combines cutting edge science with style. Hence, it should come as no surprise that most alpha males plaster their bedroom room with semi-pornographic pin ups of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche

Australian actor Eric Bana is one alpha male who loves his cars!
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However in our relentless need to floor our four-wheeled beauties, someone is always on the losing side. Or in this case, good ol’ Mother Nature!

From the very start, the relationship between petrol-heads and the environment was never an amiable one. After all, the main idea of a speed freak is to exercise some control over one’s environment. Fuel that with a complete reliance on a ‘dirty’ resource like petroleum, it seems that Mother Nature is indeed eating carbon monoxide dust!

But, times has changed. With the threat of global warming looming ever closer (that’s if it is not already here), environmental movements like Earth Hour are finally giving Mother Nature a much needed bite. Couple that with diminishing petroleum reserves, car manufacturers have slowly embraced the idea of hybrid electric vehicle. While consumer car producers has rolled out hybrid cars the likes of the Leonardo DiCaprio endorsed Toyota Prius and the green Nissan Leaf, is a green hybrid supercar something of an anomaly?

Fancy taking a green ride with the Prius or the Leaf?
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Not anymore!  Hold on to your drool as we introduce you to our top five gorgeous hybrid supercars!

1. McLaren P1

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The long awaited successor to the McLaren F1, the P1 is a hybrid powered supercar designed with Formula 1 sensibilities. Featuring a 3.8l twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a 324-cell lithium-ion engine, this rear-wheel drive speedster clocks can go from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds!

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While the P1 loses the three-seat layout of the F1, the two engines of the P1 combine to deliver a top speed of 350km/h. Armed with a total of 903 horsepower, it managed to clock in a lap of the famed Nürburgring track in under seven minutes! Be sure to keep your eyes out for this engineering marvel in the upcoming Need for Speed movie!

2. Porsche 918 Spyder

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THE limited edition supercar to have, the Porsche 918 Spyder is the second hybrid car from German supercar maker Porsche. Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it boasts a 4.6l V8 petrol engine alongside, not one, but two electric motors! It’s no shock then to learn that it has a top speed of 345km/h.

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While the 918 Spyder houses only 887 horsepower, it still fly from 0 to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds! It is also more efficiently designed than the P1 with Porsche using regenerative braking technology to recharge the two electric motors. Besides being the first street legal car to circle the Nürburgring in six minutes and 57 seconds, the 918 Spyder can also boast one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions at 79g/km! 

3. Ferrari LaFerrari

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Also known as the F70, the Ferrari LaFerrari is the latest limited production supercar offered by the beloved Italians. Featuring their highest power output ever, Ferrari has seen fit to equip this rear-wheel drive sports car with a 6.3l V12 engine which is supplemented a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS)

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With a top speed exceeding 350km/h, the F70 can reach 100km/h in under three seconds. Packed with 960 horsepower, it became the faster road-legal car around Ferrari’s famed Fiorano Test Circuit having lapped it in less than one minute 20 seconds. 

4. BMW i8 coupe prototype

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Looking like something out of the Tron movies, the BMW i8 was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW announced that the 1.5l TwinPower turbo engine will be boosted by two electric motors to deliver only 231 horsepower.

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Yet, that does not hamper the i8 coupe to reach a top speed 249km/h! The futuristic set of wheels might need 4.5 seconds to ride up to 100km/h, but all the more better for the driver to see at the envious bystanders eyeing his sweet ride!

5. Lexus LF-LC

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Conceived by Lexus as a series of concept cars, the Lexus Future (LF) series is the Japanese company way of looking to the future. Aiming to combine “leading edge” design and “incisive simplicity”, the Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe (LF-LC) is a two-door vehicle unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

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Though still in development, the front-engine car has already won over the heart of gearheads worldwide. With its simple elegance, the rear-wheel drive proposed hybrid is living up to its tag as THE car of tomorrow!

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