2012 Kepler Motion: 800 Hybrid HP, Carbon Fiber Sex Machine
We have very mixed opinions about hybrids and electric vehicles here at Boldride. But the 2012 Kepler Motion may have just pushed us over the edge, and we've fallen head over heels for this electric 800-hp hybrid supercar. PHOTOS: See more of the Kepler Motion
That's right, a hybrid powerplant making 800 horsepower from a company that was started in 2009. Those are very big numbers in an extremely short period of time. That the Kepler Motion runs under its own power just three years after its inital launch is nothing short of impressive. Just listen to this automotive concerto:
What you hear is a guttural Ford Ecoboost v6 with it's whooshing twin-turbos producing 550 hp through the rear wheels. Normally, that would be more than enough power for a car made almoat entirely of carbon fiber. However, on the front axle are two electric motors, working in tandem to produce 250 hp.
They effectively give the Kepler Motion a combined horsepower output of 800 driving all four wheels through an automated manual transmission. All that power is handled by four massive Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires (275/35ZR19 up front and 335/30 ZR20 in the rear). The same tires you'll find on the Corvette ZR1; these are not eco-friendly, butter finger tires with zero adhesion. This is a serious hypercar after all.
All of the turbocharged grunt from the Ecoboost V6, instant torque from the electric motors, lightweight and sticky rubber allows the Kepler Motion to rocket to 60 mph from a standstill in a staggering 2.5 seconds. Top speed is over 200 mph thanks to an automatically adjusting rear wing, and a seriously low drag coefficient of .30 . Once the party is over simply stomp on the gigantic 15 inch carbon ceramic brakes (six piston upfront, four piston in the rear) and drop anchor.
The only thing not to like about the Kepler Motion it's low production car numbers. Only 40 are ever expected to make it out of Kepler's factory in Costa Mesa, Ca. From there, the cars will make their homes as the play toys of some very wealthy, most likely oil rich, car nuts. We just want to know what it will take for more hybrids to sound like this?
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Source: Yahoo! Autos, Kepler Motors