Posts Tagged ‘less emission’

The new BMW ActiveHybrid X6 xDrive50i: world’s most powerful hybrid!

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 is truly mind-boggling. It’s an SUV, but the sloping roofline and two seats at the back kind of limit its utility and storage space. And it’s a hybrid which people usually associate with economy, yet its mated to a massive V8 twin turbocharged engine. There is not one but two electric motors, and the vehicle ends up having more torque than the BMW X6 M, a full 100Nm more to be exact.

The V8 motor puts out 407 horses, while the two electric motors make 91 horses and 86 horses respectively. All three propulsion devices running at the same time produces a peak 485 horses, with a massive peak torque of 780Nm. (more…)

Going Green and Burning Rubber in a CNG Mustang

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

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Going green doesn’t mean giving up wheel-spin-inducing, tire-shredding performance, as this 300-horsepower natural gas-burning Mustang GT proves.

German natural gas conversion specialists Green Autogas teamed up with tuning haus Rollin on Chrome to prove “green” isn’t synonymous with boring. Together they tweaked the Mustang’s 4.6-liter V8 to run on propane natural gas, then installed a body kit, carbon-fiber hood and 22-inch wheels. The lime-green paint is waaay over the top and we’re not wild about the wing, but Green Autogas is to be commended for the effort.

So is the car as green as it looks?

The CNG engine produces about 20 percent less CO2 than the gasoline engine it is based on and 95 percent less nitric nitrogen oxide (NOx) than a typical diesel, according to Motor Authority. It’s tough to put that in perspective, though, because no one’s provided fuel economy data or a cost-per-mile comparison with the stock ‘stang.

Autogas isn’t the first outfit to build a green Mustang. The BioConcept Mustang built by German tuners FourMotor used a biofuel-burning 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produced 280 horsepower and 368 foot-pounds of torque. The car was good for 152.2 mph and raced in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

As for the Autogas CNG Mustang, we’ll park it next to the sweet natural gas-burning Porsche 356 clone French boutique automaker PGO produces.

Photo: courtesy Autoblog.nl, Source: wired