The Race Car of the Future
There has been a lot of buzz in the hybrid world of late centering on the possibility of real race and performance cars being developed with actually muscle and power to rival traditional, fossil fuel powered vehicles. Part of me believes this mainly has to do with the fact VW has made the thus-far unsubstantiated claim that it will rise to the top of the green car gang by the end of the decade but who knows.
One truly interesting aspect of the Yaris Hybrid-R is its conspicuous lack of a battery. In its place Toyota has developed the so-called Super Capacitor which is supposed to be able to supply more power for longer spurts than the traditional hybrid power cells. I guess much remains to be seen but it is an intriguing and encouraging development to be sure.