18 May '11, 1pm

Hybrid Hot Rods: Lexus CT 200h 'Ring Racer, Mugen Honda CR-Z Hardly Dull

Hybrid Hot Rods: Lexus CT 200h 'Ring Racer, Mugen Honda CR-Z Hardly Dull

Gazoo Racing Lexus CT 200h race car Enlarge Photo Hybrid cars, often defined in the public eye by the distinctive shape of the Toyota Prius , are frequently derided as dull and no fun to drive. While the Tesla Roadster smashed the stereotype of plug-in electric cars as slow and dorky, hybrids haven't been as lucky. So here are a couple of hybrid hot rods that stand up nicely to their higher-emission, lower-gas-mileage counterparts. First, Toyota's motorsports partner Gazoo Racing (yes, really) recently entered a Lexus CT 200h in an endurance trophy series held at Germany's notorious Nürburgring circuit. 2011 Lexus CT 200h Enlarge Photo Its first race in the VLN series, in which the compact hybrid hatchback competed for the Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, ran six hours. The new little Lexus finished 108th overall. In typical German compound-word fashion, VLN stands for V...

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1060174_hybrid-hot-ro...

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Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe Defies Its Critics

Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe Defies Its Critics

hybridcars.com 27 May '11, 6pm

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Honda and Ford join plug-in advocacy groups to say that conventional hybrids should finally be kicked out of HOV lanes.

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hybridcars.com 20 May '11, 7pm

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