Yeah, OK, me, the lonely motorcycle guy on InsideEVs gets tossed this story by The Editors.  Sure, give the "bike guy" a drag race video with two HYBRIDS and a little red Ducati, right?  Forget about the fact I really don't know, well, anything about either the McLaren or the Porsche, except for sure I'll never own either.  Oh, they're plug-in-hybrids you say?  Oh, they're a cool million a piece?  You don't say...

But I do know bikes, and I know the Duke is going to kick a little high-priced cager butt and I'll have the last laugh.  So, just to spite them, I picked the screen shot above showing the Ducati where it should be.  In the front.

Fortunately I know about this site that's just about the last word on all this stuff.  InsideEVs - ever hear of it?

The McLaren P1 is a snappy looking hybrid.  Check out this post for the specifics of how snappy it is.  Or just take a look at this:


- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 2.8 seconds – Braking from 100 km/h to zero takes just 30.2 metres – less than a third of the recognised stopping distance – The McLaren P1™ reaches 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the iconic McLaren F1 – Bespoke tyres and braking system, developed in conjunction with technical partners Pirelli and Akebono, ensure optimised performance – First customer takes delivery of groundbreaking McLaren P1™ from company’s headquarters in Woking, England

Following an extensive testing and development programme, McLaren Automotive has now confirmed the performance figures for the McLaren P1™ in the latest stage in the launch of the groundbreaking model. These figures show that the third model in the range accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds.

Fitted with a twin powerplant powertrain generating 916 PS (903 bhp) from the highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine and the lightweight electric motor, the McLaren P1™ storms from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and hits 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds – quicker than many hot hatches reach half that speed.

The relentless acceleration, delivered as a result of the instant torque offered by the electric motors and the optimised turbos, sees the McLaren P1™ reach 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds. By way of a benchmark, this is a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph).

Despite these impressive figures, the McLaren P1™ still returns 34.0 mpg (8.3 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km. The electric motor offers a range of 11 km (6.8 miles) in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, which sees emissions drop to zero.

The braking figures are equally as impressive for the McLaren P1™, with the levels of performance provided by the bespoke Akebono system. The specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide, can bring the McLaren P1™ to a halt from 62 mph (100 km/h) in a distance of just 30.2 metres. This figure is even more impressive when compared to the recognised stopping distances, which suggests that more than three times the distance – 102 metres – is required to bring a car to a halt from 100 km/h (62 mph).

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

So's the Porsche.

Officially, the 918 Spyder can reach a top speed of 214 MPH, but that takes a lot of road to achieve.  ... When combined with the gas engine, the car puts out 874 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.  When operating on electricity only, the car has a range of about 20 miles, and a 0-62 time in forced EV mode of 6.1 seconds.

  • 0 to 62 MPH in 2.5 seconds
  • 0 to 124 MPH in 7.2 seconds
  • 0 to 186 MPH in 19.9 seconds
  • 4.6-Liter 599 HP V8
  • Total Power From Engine and 2 Electric Motors is 875 HP at 8,500 RPM

In the words of Mr. T, enough jibbajabba.  Let's watch the clip:

Right?  To be serious, what does this prove?  It proves, simply, that ultra-high performance plug-in hybrid drivetrains are taking it to the next level.

Source: Autocar.UK

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