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Old 8 Feb 2013, 18:51 (Ref:3201372)   #16
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From the viewpoint of being worth anything in future years IMHO the original Insight may be about the only one, but as a modern classic rather than a useable motor car! But avoid snow, by the sound of it........

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Old 8 Feb 2013, 19:50 (Ref:3201400)   #17
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I was overtaken by a Pious on the M11 once. It was being mercilessly hammered and was probably returning about 17mpg.
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at 70mph they look about as stable as a weebl on a skateboard. no thx...
Having driven one as a pool car I can confirm the above statements are correct. They may make sense as a town car, but for longer distances get something "normal".
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Old 8 Feb 2013, 21:48 (Ref:3201457)   #18
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I have never been a fan of the current crop of Hibrid ones but I have been following this development after seeing an experimental one a couple of years ago in Spain being driven around under cover.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#axzz2KFlDl6a1
This is really interesting technology! Way way better than batteries, and Marbot, a three cylinder to boot.

Would never buy a current Hybrid, just a smoke screan for environmental vandalism imo, batteries indeed!
Just makes an "efficient" internal combustion engine inefficient.

p.s. I don't like the idea of electric steering, if its as reliable as my cars windows, you're dead!
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Old 8 Feb 2013, 23:32 (Ref:3201495)   #19
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p.s. I don't like the idea of electric steering, if its as reliable as my cars windows, you're dead!
I don't know many cars that are made now that don't have electric steering and to be honest most haven't had too many problems, Honda had a recall on the civic a few years back, but as for the Fiat one most packed up several times under warranty (typical Italian crap electrics).

When I mentioned about the Hybrid being tested under cover on the road in Spain do other people notice these strange looking cars with "clip on" panels over the bodywork in other parts of world ?
Even back in the early 70s I used to see them down in our part of Spain being driven around and I saw a new (heavily disguised) Merc parked up in the street in one of the local villages before Christmas.
As for hydrogen ! that "could" be more dangerous than petrol and at the moment is certainly not cost effective to produce as a road fuel.

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Old 9 Feb 2013, 10:25 (Ref:3201723)   #20
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When I saw mention of being powered by compressed-air, my first and immediate thought was of those receipt/change capsules used in old department stores years ago (I remember the local Co-Op had them).

I assumed we'd all be sitting in these capsules and being propelled at Thrust SSC speeds to work. Every journey like a trip to Alton Towers.

(BTW how DO electric cars power their heaters? By electric elements? Or do you just freeze to death?)
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Old 9 Feb 2013, 10:53 (Ref:3201726)   #21
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When I saw mention of being powered by compressed-air, my first and immediate thought was of those receipt/change capsules used in old department stores years ago
Wow, you really are old! And I can remember them as well.
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Old 9 Feb 2013, 11:08 (Ref:3201732)   #22
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terence should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridterence should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
918 yes,anything else no.
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Old 9 Feb 2013, 11:33 (Ref:3201743)   #23
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918 yes,anything else no.
Ahhh, hybrid supercars......

You'll probably be able to get a decent discount off the £600K plus Porker sticker price, as rumour has it that Joe public is not over excited at the ownership prospect, thus orders are not flooding in. Jag have, probably sensing the market reaction, canned their hybrid CX-75 project. Meanwhile Lamborghini shifted over 900 Aventadors last year, no hybrid tech to go wrong and a snip at £250K.

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Nothing else will do an easy 7:20 around the Ring,on electric power Mike.
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But how many owners of that type of car ever drive them at that speed?

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I was also going to say- why would anyone want to go round the 'ring that fast on electric power? Unless their name was Ernie, of course....

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I was also going to say- why would anyone want to go round the 'ring that fast on electric power? Unless their name was Ernie, of course....

Or his deadly rival - Two-Ton Ted from Teddington. Although we were never advised whether his baker's van was electric-powered or i.c.e..
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Ernie had a horse & cart that Ted kicked IIRC !
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Ernie had a horse & cart that Ted kicked IIRC !
I bow to the font of all wisdom on matters related to Benny Hill!

Sure Ernie would have wanted to circulate the 'ring in 7.20 using electric power only though.....

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