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Friday, July 21, 2006

Hybrid Mini offers 640 hp, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds






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A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED
has an output of 640 horsepower, according to PML. It has a top speed
of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small
gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors on each wheel.
The car employs a brake-by-wire system to recoup some lost energy under
braking. The motors are able to provide ABS and traction control with
guidance of the car's onboard computer. The Mini QED is a plug-in
hybrid, meaning it can be charged directly from a power outlet. The car
will "not be generally commercially available," according to its
creators. However, the company is "interested in discussing possible
one-off orders and collaborations."












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