Is the Hybrid Hypercar Hype Over?

McLaren P1 and Pagani Huayra 1 photo
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While the choice is simple for certain people, some may find themselves trapped when asked to choose between one of the hypercars in the image above. Which brings the question - hybrid or no hybrid?
Sure, the McLaren P1 takes the notion of fast to a new planet, but the Huayra beats the Brit in the race of emotions. In the end, the two do not actually share too many fans, as each appeals to a different kind of automotive aficionado. Still, like we said, the electric propulsion that sits as the greatest difference between the two is our topic here.

With the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari having played their part, it is now time to see whether hybrid propulsion has an immediate future with the supercar / hypercar genre.

Well, it depends on whom you ask. McLaren hasn’t said anything about using hybrid propulsion for its upcoming models, such as the entry-level P1. Ferrari and Porsche on the other hand, have talked about this and their conclusions sort of contradict each other.

We shall start with the Prancing Horse, who recently explained that it aims to build other hybrids, but not until serious advances will be made in terms of batter technology. Ferrari aims to reduce its line-up emissions by around 20 percent every four years, but, for now, it has a different plan. What the Italians are doing instead of hybridizing their vehicles is a return to their turbo era. We’ve already seen the California T and we are now expecting a twin-turbo successor for the 458.

As for Porsche, a recent report by Car and Driver shows the Germans are planning to make full use of what they’ve learned with the 918 Spyder. Thus, we should expect to see the carmaker’s current bad boys, the Panamera Turbo S and 911 Turbo S taken to about 700 hp via electric assistance. By the way, 2017 is the expected year of the big Porsche change, so the future is pretty close.
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