Sunday, March 6, 2011

Car Of The Day: March 6, 2011

Today's car of the day is Matchbox's 2012 Fisker Karma.

The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan revealed on 14 January 2008 at the North American International Auto Show. It is the first car from Fisker Automotive, a joint venture of Quantum Technologies and Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, announced on 5 September 2007. Fisker Automotive plans to have Valmet Automotive manufacture 75-100 cars for testing in 2010 with mass production in February 2011. The car is anticipated to have a PHEV-50, 50-mile (80 km) all-electric range, and sell for US $95,900 for the basic model, and $109,850 for the top model.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Fisker Karma

This is a recent arrival from bunkerjim.  How recently?  Arrived in my mailbox today!  Thanks Jim!  This is a marvelous little casting.  I don't really care for hybrids and electric cars, but overall I can say that at least this car has style.  Matchbox did an outstanding job on this model- I love the solar panels on the roof!

The Karma is powered by Quantum Technologies' Q-Drive technology, an innovative petrol engine/electric motor combination; Q-Drive is a series hybrid system meaning that the engine is mated with a generator to provide an electrical connection to the motors and also recharge the batteries and as such the electric motors are the only mechanical driving force connected to the wheels.

The Karma includes as standard a solar paneled roof not only to aid in the recharging of its Lithium-Ion batteries but also to aid the cabin climate control system. The solar roof is capable of generating a half kilowatt-hour a day and is estimated to provide up to 4 to 5 miles (6.4–8.0 km) of additional range a week assuming continuously sunny days. Additionally, the car will offer a set of solar panels for the garage/house which may charge the Karma entirely 'off the grid'.

Although Fisker Automotive has yet to release solid statistics regarding Karma’s fuel economy, the company estimates the average driver will only have to refill the fuel tank annually provided they do not drive more than 50 miles (80 km) a day. Fisker Automotive has also suggested that when in 'sport-hybrid' mode the Karma will be capable of 100 miles per US gallon (2.4 l/100 km) of fuel consumed for a range of 300 miles (480 km). Despite its eco-friendly background the Karma features a 125 mph (201 km/h) top speed and is capable of reaching 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 5.8 seconds.

The Karma's two 201 brake horsepower (204 PS) motors produce 1,300 newton metres (960 ft·lbf) of torque, more than the Bugatti Veyron at 1,250 N·m (920 ft·lbf).

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