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Eco-Friendly Supercar by Emily Thomas

McLaren Automotive is an English car-making company which works closely with the Formula One team McLaren Mercedes with the aim of creating road cars based on F1 technology. Formula One: the sport where high-speed, energy-consuming cars race around a track can’t be good for the environment. But recently, the sport has introduced a new engine system called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) which recovers the heat energy lost in braking and converts it into useful kinetic energy to power the car, meaning less energy is needed to power the car in the first place. This engine is currently under development for road cars.
McLaren Automotive’s project, codenamed P11 is to have a V8 6.2 litre KERS engine which will allow it to speed from 0 to 60mph in less than four seconds and it will be made of carbon fibre to reduce the weight to between 1300 and 1400kg. Based on a carbon-fibre centre tub and have aluminium front and rear subframes, the mid-engine can propel the P11 up to speeds of 200mph. Lightweight and with a more than ample maximum speed, this sports car is set to be the most ecologically friendly car of its class.
A green car is not necessarily an ugly car; pictures of the McLaren are under wraps, but with its predecessors, the F1 and the SLR, looking so stunning, the company is sure to turn out yet another looker.
A tentative release date of 2010-2011 has been set and is to be followed by coupe and convertible versions a few months later. When it arrives it will be a new rival to the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo, only this car has an environmentally friendly make-up, making it the car to buy if you’re the supercar enthusiast who’s concerned about the environment. But you’d best start saving; this mean green driving machine will burn a hole in your pocket with a hefty price of £160,000.

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