Future supercars to say goodbye to gasoline


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The Detroit Motor Show is usually a place where manufacturers show their most powerful, gas-guzzling V8s and V12s. Performance cars with a hint of saving the planet have not been the theme so far.

Until now. You see, in 2012, Europe will have new CO2 legislations, which will require each car manufacturer to have an average emission rating of 120 g/ km for their entire range. The target, according to most manufacturers, is unrealistic, but they have to meet the deadline, before they start paying heavy penalties.

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Yogesh Sarkar

At a press event enlivened by a solo acoustic performance by rock star Bryan Adams, Audi has unveiled a thought-provoking concept car powered by mold-breaking, race-proven diesel technology.

“We are challenging the final piece of conventional wisdom [about diesel engine cars],” said Audi AG Chairman Rupert Stadler. Certainly, he has the right car for the job. The R8 TDI concept’s 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine develops 500 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. It nails the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of more than 186 mph. And that mountainous torque is available at just 1750 rpm.

Derived from the V12 unit powering the R10 racecar that has twice run the prestigious and demanding Le Mans 24-hour race, the engine is just 6.5 inches longer than the V8 in the regular R8. Its narrow 60-degree angle, and advanced materials combining iron and graphite make it compact and light enough to fit the R8 shell.

Source: MSN

Video of the Audi R8 TDI V12 Concept

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This is fantastic, this is the way to go to reduce emissions in future and at the same time still have fun while driving.

Yogesh Sarkar

Don't know and I don't think I am qualified enough to make that statement. Reducing emissions is some thing that should be done by manufacturers, if that means switching to gasoline or bio fuel, then so be it!

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10 years from now, I will still be driving either gasoline or diesel truck. I am still not into buying the green technology revolution stuff. The GM volvo is a great gamble. It was created based on US government funding. It costs $41,000 with amenities of $15,000 gasoline car. The only thing GM volvo proves is that government should stay out of industry, otherwise industry ends up producing an expensive product that no one wants to buy. Mathematically, buying a $15,000 all gasoline car and paying $1,500 in gasoline per year would cost $30,000 vs. $41,000 volvo. May be Europeans/Australians might buy American hybrid/green cars due to higher gasoline cost in Europe. Americans/Canadians are not gonna buy this green technology stuff, unless it is cheap and has power to haul, and push with 200 HP and range to travel at least 300 miles without a fillup. Science still does not have a good alternative to gasoline.
Now 10 years passed.
What is the situation now in super car segment ?
Are they using no gasoline at all ?Are they using pure water or air only ?


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There are plenty. Justsearch for electric super cars. Porsche has one too. And Tesla as well. Ford has Mach E. Audi Etron. Jaguar has it too.


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Those are yet to prove their capabilities. As of now future is still uncertain.

I drove a Tesla for couple of months, it’s fun as well as powerful but somewhere I felt that’s “Limited”.

Can’t explain my feelings because may be I am not used to Electric cars. My bad.

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