Hybrid Cars

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/23/2008 06:00
  • Ended: 4/25/2008 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 16
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Hybrid Cars
Contest Directions: Indian automaker Tata said that Tata Jaguar will be different from Ford Jaguar - the company plans to make new Jaguar models that will put a fresh breath into Jaguar brand it recently bought from Ford Motor Company.
Design hybrid cars by merging them in the following way: in a front view, the left half must come from one car and the right half must come from another. Here's a good example of merging Mercedes-Benz (left half) and Toyota (right half). Please include the car brands and models you merge in your entry titles.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/23/2008 06:00
    • Ended: 4/25/2008 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 16
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
16 pictures
  • Dodge Viper + Mini Cooper

    Dodge Viper + Mini Cooper
  • Hummer + Mini Cooper

    Hummer + Mini Cooper
  • Koenigsegg CC + Ferrari 360

    Koenigsegg CC + Ferrari 360
  • Chevy Camaro + Ford Mustang

    Chevy Camaro + Ford Mustang
  • Jaguar + Bugatti

    Jaguar + Bugatti
  • Maserati + BMW

    Maserati + BMW
  • Hummer + VW Beetle

    Hummer + VW Beetle
  • Ferrari + Jaguar

    Ferrari + Jaguar
  • Bocho + Beetle

    Bocho + Beetle
  • Jaguar + BMW

    Jaguar + BMW
16 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The hybrid car is a highly economical car, run by an "electric motor internal combustion engine" (here-after referred to as the "engine"), fed both by fuel and charges of the electric storage battery. The main advantage of a hybrid car is to decrease fuel consumption and harmful exhausts. It is achieved by the fully automatic control of the working mode of the engine system with the help of an onboard computer, starting from a timely switching-off of the engine during stops in the transport stream with possible continuation of movement without staring the engine exclusively by the energy of the storage battery and finishing with more difficult recuperation mechanisms the use of the electric engine as generator of electric currents for charging the storage batteries. General principle: Originally, the idea of using the principle "electric gearbox", i.e. replacing the mechanical gearbox with electric wires, was implemented in rail transport and heavy dump trucks. The reason for using such a diagram is conditioned by the huge complexities of the mechanical transfer of the controllable torque onto the wheels of the heavy transport vehicle. The essence of the principle is that the engine, working on regular fuel, brings the electric generator into motion and the required quantity of electric energy is transferred to the electric engines through a control system and thus setting the transport vehicle into motion. It is similar to a power plant on an electric car, generating energy for proper motion. The aim of the working diagram of the hybrid car is also the same but with considerable changes, first of all, the addition of a storage battery, unlike an electric car, of less capacity but consequently, much lighter. The main reason for the production of light hybrids was market demand for similar cars, caused by high fuel prices and the constant increase in requirements for the ecological compatibility of cars. In this case, technology development and tax privileges to the manufacturers of hybrids, which manufacture these cars, in some cases are cheaper than the usual. In some countries, owners of hybrids are exempt from the payment of road tax and even do not pay for municipal parking. The usage of electric cars, in spite of many advantages and even with established production, has a series of drawbacks: * The necessity of charging the storage batteries for longer periods; * The heavy weight of the storage batteries; * Inadequate running distance; * The unavailability of filling stations. It is necessary to search for compromises and rectify the drawbacks. Such a compromise led to the development of the hybrid car. Development history: In the USA, Victor Vouk started developing hybrid cars in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1980, the company Volvo carried out experiments with a flywheel run by a diesel engine and using brake energy for recovery. Subsequently, hydro accumulators were rejected for use in this project. Reclamation of accumulators: Even though to a lesser degree than electric vehicles, hybrid cars are subjected to the reclamation problem of storage batteries. Apparently, nobody studied the influence of the disposed storage batteries on the environment. Perspectives: Toyota declared its plan to increase the production volume of hybrid cars (cars, equipped both with internal combustion engines and an electro-motor) up to 300 thousand cars per year by 2007 and diversify exclusively to the production of hybrid cars by 2012. The first Automotive Works plans to make 1000 hybrid buses by 2010 for the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing and World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. After 2012, London shall buy only hybrid buses. It will put 500 hybrid buses into operation every year. Manufacturers and available models: Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Honda Insight (International Engine of the Year 2000), Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, General Motors: Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra Hybrid (debatable, see Mild hybrid), New Flyer hybrid buses using Allisons electric drive system, Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid, Mazda Demio (Japan-only, debatable, see Assist hybrid), Renault Kangoo (France), Toyota and Lexus: Prius (Motor Trend Car of the Year 2004, International Engine of the Year 2004, European Car of the Year 2005), Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander, Lexus GS 450h, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Estima (Japan-only), Nissan Altima Hybrid Hybrid pattern of Toyota. Also check our hybrid animals contest.