The Coolest Hybrids Ever Built

Most of the hybrids you see on the road are boring, but this technology can be put to use making serious speed.

Porsche

Not all hybrids are boring. These cars prove it. Here are some of the coolest hybrids out there, according to you.

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Barrett-Jackson
Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche's hypercar uses a bespoke 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower, combined with a pair of front-mounted electric motors that make 282 horsepower together. The result is a world-beating speed machine that broke the Nurburgring production car lap record in 2013.

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Dean Smith
Ferrari LaFerrari

The LaFerrari is the first (and so far, only) Ferrari road car to break the 1000-horsepower barrier, and it does so in spectacular fashion. Thanks to that wonderful V12 and a pack of batteries behind the driver, it can go from 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, and complete the quarter-mile in 9.7 seconds.

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Aston Martin
Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Valkyrie uses a Cosworth Formula 1-based V12 combined with electric power to propel it down the road. It also looks like an actual LMP1 car for the road. It doesn't get much cooler than this.

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R&T
Porsche 911 GT3-R Hybrid

We actually got to drive Porsche's hybrid-powered GT3 race car back in 2011, and it was fantastic. This was long before the days of the Mission E or 918, and yet, it was still wonderful behind the wheel. It was a Porsche, after all.

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Perhaps the most fascinating upcoming hypercar is the Koenigsegg Regera because it has no gearbox. Instead, the 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 sends 1100 bhp to three electric motors. The first is attached to the front of the crankshaft and drives power to both the battery and the two motors that drive the rear wheels. The Regera has a full-electric range of about 22 miles and a total power output of 1,500 bhp. The car utilizes regenerative braking to cut down the charge time.
Koenigsegg
Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera has no transmission. Instead, it uses electric power to get away from a stop, and then the engine—which is connected directly to the wheels—fires up. The Regera is unlike any other modern car, and in true Koenigsegg fashion, it's incredibly powerful.

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The first-generation Honda Insight was a very interesting take on the economy car, but it was perhaps too interesting for the general public. It had a streamlined body, a super-efficent three-cylinder engine, and it was light. Unfortunately, the Prius proved to be more popular, so when Honda revived the Insight in 2010, it was little more than a Prius clone.
Honda
Honda Insight (1st-gen)

Honda’s first Insight was cool because it was different. It had a quirky three-cylinder engine, covered rear wheels for aerodynamic efficiency, and could even be optioned with a manual transmission. Compared to the Prius of the time, it was worlds more interesting.

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Brian Silvestro
Acura NSX

The new NSX drives nothing like the old NSX, and that angers a lot of people. But once you really get to feel it out, the new car is unbelievably capable, a masterpiece of technological advancement worthy of praise. It's no wonder it took our 2017 Performance Car of the Year award.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG Project One

The Project One uses two front-mounted electric motors to power the front wheels, and the hybrid turbo V6 powertrain from AMG's F1 cars to spin the rears. If that's not cool enough for you, we're not sure what is.

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McLaren
McLaren P1

Even five years after production ended on the McLaren P1 hypercar, it remains a benchmark. It may no longer be the fastest car on the block, but it'll always remain special.

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BMW i8

The i8 may not be as quick as some of the other cars on this list, but it still looks cool as hell. And with those swing-up doors, you'll always be the center of attention.

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