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Frankfurt motor show abuzz with green technologyBack

Porsche 918 SpyderThe Frankfurt Motor Show continues and among the huge range of new cars on show at the event, the amount of green technology on show took quite a precedent.

An array of cars at the world’s largest motor show last week showed off the very latest in green technology to deliver high speeds, from manufacturers including Porsche, BMW and Audi who have all deployed the Kinetic recovery system (KERS) used in hybrid vehicles to boost their sportiest cars.

But one of the most talked about cars in attendance at this year’s show was the Porsche 918 Spyder which was unveiled by none other than the infamous car maker’s CEO Matthias Mueller and former rally driver Walter Roehrl who arrived in the new hybrid sports car on the first press day at what was the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new Porsche 918 Spyder was unveiled with a £657,000 price tag, promising to reach 62mph in a matter of 3.2 seconds, but the most surprising feature of Porsche’s latest model is the fact that for one of the highest performing vehicles to ever likely be seen on the road claims it can offer its owners a healthy fuel consumption of 78 miles per gallon with with carbon emissions lower than the average small family car!

The reason behind these confident claims from Porsche is that carmakers have begun using
technology developed on the Formula 1 race track in sports models designed for enthusiastic motorists with cash to burn who are looking for that bit extra in performance and speed.

Even green campaigners couldn’t help but be enthusiastic about a hgh performance car that claims it will deliver better fuel economy than a Panda!

A spokesman for the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership said: “Cars on display at Frankfurt have surely nailed any lingering ideas that the only low-carbon vehicles are milk floats.”

The Kinetic Recovery System referred to as KERS uses a supplementary electric engine to power the car at low speeds whilst pushing up acceleration, the moment when fuel consumption normally soars. It has been used in racing and it is now being applied to vehicles such as the Spyder, the BMWi8 (who production version was modelled at the show and is available for just under £100,000) and Ferrari’s new LaFerrari supercar, expected to sell for £1 million.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “Formula 1 technology has been a catalyst for greener, cleaner, safer road cars.

“It is amazing than we are now seeing hybrid Porsches with better efficiency that many small and medium size cars.”

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 13/09/2013