the BMW i8 is considered to be one of the first hybrid supercars.
Environmentally-conscious car manufacturers are creating more hybrid vehicles and this includes the production of hybrid supercars.
In order to reduce the planet’s carbon footprint, more people are switching to hybrid and electric vehicles.
Hybrid vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors, which use energy stored in batteries.
A hybrid vehicle cannot be plugged in to charge the battery. Instead, the battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine.
Hybrid cars have long been associated with economy cars but the term and technology has undergone a revolution among manufacturers.
Supercar manufacturers are no different, with efficiency and high performance coming together.
The likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes are now producing lavish supercars that run on petrol and electricity.
With that said, here are seven hybrid supercars that are worth a look at.
First released in 2014, the BMW i8 is considered to be one of the first hybrid supercars.
Not only is it economically friendly but it also has an eye-catching design.
An electric motor is combined with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, enabling the i8 to go from 0 to 62mph in 4.4 seconds.
Using both power sources while set to EcoPro, the i8 can achieve a 330-mile total range.
But it is not as fast as other supercars, with the i8’s top speed limited to 155 mph.
It costs around £115,000 and while it is not the most obvious supercar, it is a futuristic one that proves that environmentally friendly hybrids do not need to be boring.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Ferrari has also moved into the world of electricity and the SF90 is the Italian manufacturer’s first model to feature PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) architecture.
But this does not mean it has cut down on speed.
In fact, it has a top speed of 211 mph, while 0-62 mph takes just 2.5 seconds.
This is due to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, three electric motors, and an all-wheel-drive drivetrain that combine to produce 986 bhp.
The standard version is the Stradale while the Spider is ideal for those who prefer a convertible.
But this supercar is not cheap.
It costs £390,000 which may sound like a lot but this Ferrari is a bargain considering its hypercar performance levels.
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4
The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is one of the Italian manufacturer’s limited production models.
It is a modern interpretation of the classic supercar of the same name and its unveiling excited collectors as well as fans of the original.
This new Countach is actually a hybrid but it does not hold back on the power.
It produces 803 bhp and has a top speed of 220 mph.
Even though only 112 were made, all were sold less than a week after being unveiled.
The lucky 112 buyers had to fork out £1.9 million and if another limited edition Lamborghini is unveiled in the future, expect it to be even more expensive.
Modern Formula One cars use turbocharged V6 hybrid engines and this technology is seen in the all-new McLaren Artura.
Costing £185,000, this hybrid supercar pairs a 3-litre V6 with a single electric motor, producing 681 bhp.
It also has a top speed of 205 mph.
When the electric motor is used on its own, the Artura has a range of 18 miles.
While the Artura looks similar to other modern McLaren models, it represents a new era for the manufacturer.
The all-electric function is part of the move for major cities to reach zero carbon emissions, with 25 major cities across the world pledging to reach this by 2050.
With the Artura, it can drive emissions-free in town while also delivering the excitement of a supercar.
Ferrari 296 GTB
Like the SF90, the Ferrari 296 GTB is also a plug-in hybrid supercar.
It is one of the Italian manufacturer’s newest vehicles, with a scheduled release sometime in 2022.
The 296 GTB is powered by a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 654 bhp. This is combined with a 123kW electric motor.
This gives a total output of 818 bhp.
When using just the electric motor, the 296 GTB has a range of approximately 15 miles. But since it is a hybrid, the range is not a concern.
As for performance, 0-62 mph takes just 2.9 seconds while the top speed is over 205 mph.
Given that there is not on the market yet, a price has not been revealed but it is expected to be hefty.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
When it comes to incorporating Formula One technology into road-legal cars, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is one of the most ambitious vehicles.
This attention-grabbing hypercar was first announced in 2017 and now in 2022, it finally looks like it will hit the roads.
It has a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine combined with an electric motor.
Although it may sound like a tiny engine, it has a total power output of over 1,000 bhp.
It has the ability to reach 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and will reach 217 mph.
But it is not cheap as it has a £2 million price tag.
Nevertheless, wealthy petrolheads have preordered all 275 units.
The Porsche 918 is a hybrid supercar that also has a version with a removable roof, called the Spyder.
It is powered by a 4.6-litre V8 as well as a 277 bhp electric motor, much more electrical assistance than its competitors, the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
The complex electrical system delivers power to both the front and rear axles, aiding traction of the line and grip through corners.
When running on just electricity, it has a range of 18 miles and a top speed of 93 mph.
But when using its full power, it can reach a whopping 211 mph.
The Porsche 918 costs £781,000 and was limited to 918 models. The 918 Spyder was offered with the optional £58,000 Weissach package, which added lightweight wheels, an Alcantara-trimmed interior, and a 40-kilogram reduction in overall weight.
The world of hybrid and electric cars continues to grow as society becomes more environmentally conscious.
Across the world, there are more exotic hybrid motors available, boasting extravagant looks and high speeds.
But nevertheless, they are more environmentally friendly than their internal combustion engine counterparts and will become even more prevalent in the future.