If you are going to drive, you might as well drive fast. And if you are going to drive fast, you might as well drive really, really fast. To go incredibly fast you can go with the typical choices – the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari 360 Spider or Porsche Carrera GT are all incredibly beautiful cars that practically fly when you stomp on the gas. They are also, of course, incredibly expensive and burn a heck of a lot of fuel.
Something unique and eye catching that won’t spit in the eye of mother nature may be more your style. Here are five non-traditional cars with incredible acceleration for you to choose from:
Yet another all-electric vehicle (all of these incredibly fast gasless vehicles has to make you excited about the future). The Wrightspeed X1 carries a quarter ton of batteries and charges in about 4.5 hours. It’s performance isn’t theoretical – it has beat both a Ferrari 360 Spider and a Porsche Carrera GT in quarter mile drag races. A slow car certainly can’t do that.
Another all-electric vehicle. It has 6800 lithium ion batteries that combined to boost this thing off the line from 0-60 in 4 seconds. The car redlines at the equivalent of 13,500 rpm and gets the equivalent of about 135 miles per gallon, even at top speeds. You don’t spend a lot of time shifting when you drive either – the Tesla Roadster only has two forward gears.
Hybrid Technologies has made a car that runs completely on electricity – it charges from a wall socket in 4-6 hours. It’s a little bit faster than a toaster, though – this baby goes from 0-60 mph in an incredible 3 seconds. You obviously can’t go that fast if you are attached to an extension cord, so the car has solar panels on the trunk to extend the time between charges. At those kinds of speeds every extra minutes adds up to a lot of extra distance you can cover.
What were you doing when you were in high school? If you weren’t making an incredibly powerful hybrid supercar then you were underachieving. A group of high school students in Philadelphia put this car together. It uses the chassis from a Honda Accord and adds both a 150 horsepower VW turbo diesel engine and a 200 hp electric motor. 0-60 in 4 seconds is pretty impressive for anyone, never mind high schoolers, especially considering the diesel engine runs on biomass fuel. This things a whole lot sexier than most uses for soybeans.
There is no hybrid Cooper, but a British company made one of their own. The car has four electric motors – one in each wheel. Each car has 160 bhp, so the car combines for a total of 640 bhp. It has a gas engine, too, but it is used only to recharge the batteries for the electric motors. You get about 80 miles to gallon, and you can jump off the line going 0-60 in an impressive 4.5 seconds. That’s more speed than your opponent in a drag race would expect from a little car like that.