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Fisker Karma makes driving debut at Laguna Seca

 Fisker Karma makes driving debut at Laguna Seca
Fisker Karma makes driving debut at Laguna Seca

A hybrid for enthusiasts

The Fisker Karma hybrid made its public driving debut at Laguna Seca last weekend.

Taking part in the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, the Karma attained speeds of 100 mph without using any gasoline. According to Fisker's CEO, Henrik Fisker, "This demonstration represents a significant milestone for Fisker Automotive and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) technology. The future of clean cars is bright."

As we have previously reported, the Karma uses two electric motors that produce up to 375 kW (403 hp) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque. The motors are connected to a 200kW lithium-ion battery pack, which is recharged by a GM-sourced four-cylinder engine with 260 hp. When the battery is fully charged, the car can travel up to 50 miles (80.5 km) before the petrol engine kicks in to recharge it.

Unlike most hybrids, the Karma can run from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds, before hitting a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

The Fisker Karma will go into production later this year, with a base price of $87,900 USD.

 

Source: Fisker Automotive
Published Aug 18, 2009 12:15 pm By Michael Gauthier
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FISKER KARMA PHEV MAKES WORLD DRIVING DEBUT

Plug-in hybrid silently laps racetrack without gasoline

Monterey, CA - August 17, 2009: The Fisker Karma PHEV made its public driving debut over the weekend, just 19 months after being introduced as a concept.

The 403hp prototype Karma Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) attained a speed of 100 mph, but used no gasoline as it made its way around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Behind the wheel was Fisker Automotive co-founder and COO Bernhard Koehler.

California-based Fisker Automotive is developing the full size Karma sedan to be the first production PHEV. The Karma proves fuel-efficient vehicles can generate the passion and excitement that made us fall in love with cars in the first place. Although the Fisker Karma can reach 60mph in six seconds and a top speed of 125mph it can also achieve well over 100mpg. Carbon emissions are also lower than today's hybrids.

"This demonstration represents a significant milestone for Fisker Automotive and PHEV technology," said CEO Henrik Fisker. "The future of clean cars is bright."

The Karma has a range of 50 emission-free miles on a full charge of its Lithium-ion battery, and a total range of 300 miles thanks to an on-board generator turned by traditional but efficient 260hp, four-cylinder gasoline engine. Combined with two powerful electric motors, these components make up the Q-DRIVE® powertrain exclusive to all Fisker automobiles. Q-DRIVE® delivers the ultimate combination of performance, range and efficiency.

 

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Comments (27)

 EH? EH?
thats a very good looking car and its 4 doored cars
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August 20, 2009 12:01 am
 kmayb kmayb
i wouldn't call the Veyron truely beautiful like say the Italia but it what it can do that makes it stunning to look at . Sometimes. That is why i personally like the Panamera. As Mixalot says "Baby got Back!"
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August 19, 2009 9:02 am
 R0ADR4G3 R0ADR4G3
ok if fisker can do this with there cars and get 409 with electric motors why cant every other automaker do this, APPLY YOURSELFS PEOPLE!!!!!!!
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August 19, 2009 2:00 am
 eddie eddie
We can have our cake and eat it too. Great looks, power, and save the environment.
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August 19, 2009 12:06 am
 Andres2007 Andres2007
I really, really hope this car succeeds.
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August 18, 2009 9:25 pm
 Siawa Siawa
It's a beautiful car. Saw it in AutoShow, looks stunning.
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August 18, 2009 8:17 pm
 nederina nederina
everything the porsche panamera should have been
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August 18, 2009 8:11 pm
 vilivo vilivo
4-door Z8 anyone?!?
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August 18, 2009 7:16 pm
 Andy_Turbo Andy_Turbo
truly a wonderful car that will change lots of things in the automotive industry
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August 18, 2009 6:47 pm
 termigni termigni
what is the MPG figure then?
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August 18, 2009 6:19 pm
 zeitgeist_md zeitgeist_md
henrik fisker is a great designer. Bmw z8, Aston martin DB9, now the Karmer, all of them are classic.
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August 18, 2009 6:05 pm
 ACCODG ACCODG
The car is beautiful. The performance and technology are solid. But most importantly, Fisker might prove that an independent car company can exist today. If he can sell this car for under 90K, pay his suppliers and put cash in his pocket... We all win.
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August 18, 2009 5:49 pm
 zyzyphe zyzyphe
It is such a beautiful car. The performance of the electric engines is impressive. But the 50miles range is somehow not good enough I think.
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August 18, 2009 5:28 pm
 Renegade Renegade
Are looking Porsche? This is how a 4 door coupe should look like, not like your lame looking Panamera.
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August 18, 2009 5:24 pm