Listen up, as this could be the sound of the future. Porsche just wrapped up their participation in the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. Not familiar with the event. No worries, neither were we. Fortunately, Michelin got in touch to introduce us and directed our attention toward a few websites built to help initiate the unfamiliar. There's the North American Coverage by Michelin as well as the Challenge Bibendum web portal. In a nutshell, Challenge Bibendum (Bibendum is Michelin's famous mascot, "Bib" for short) promotes sustainable mobility utilizing advanced technology vehichles like the parallel hybrid drive Panamera S Hybrid and the Boxster E.
The Sound of the Future
Was it really only a year ago that we wondered if Porsche would create an all electric sports car? It was only a few months later that Porsche confirmed the existence and development of three all electric Boxsters at Road Atlanta in October of 2010. Since then, Porsche has been actively testing and refining the Boxster E all over the globe.
Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Wins Environment Rally Honors
As part of the Challenge Bibendum event, there are a series of Rally's and technical tests. Porsche entered both the Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera into the Inter-city Passenger Cars Rally. This 300km long rally includes safety performance test, energy efficiency and C02 emissions of each participant. Entered in the Internal Combustion Engine Production class of this rally (one of five classes in this portion of the event) Porsche competed against other manufacturers such as Audi, Opel, Ford, Peugeot, Volvo, Toyota, etc. Even with such heavy competition Porsche claimed first and second place with the Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera, respectively. While other manufacturers scored higher in individual test metrics, Porsches two entries scored the highest average across acceleration, maneuverability, fuel efficiency, C02 emissions and local emissions.
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[Source: Michelin, TechVehi.com]