January 6, 2004
Mitsubishi Eclipse concept is a gas-electric hybrid
Detroit, Michigan – Mitsubishi showed an Eclipse concept car with parallel engines
that provide power to both the front and rear axles.
The Eclipse Concept-E’s front wheels are powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine that
features variable valve timing and lift electronic Control (MIVEC). Driving the rear
wheels is a rear-mounted electric motor which provides an additional 200 horsepower,
for a total output of 470 horsepower.
Because it is not affected by gear changes, the throttle-actuated electric rear
motor gives the Eclipse Concept-E a constant source of power when it’s needed, which
directly translates to higher, more efficient performance.
The hybrid powertrain also improves fuel economy and lowers emissions when compared
to vehicles with engines that develop in excess of 450 horsepower.
“The Eclipse Concept-E suggests that performance and fuel efficiency need not be
mutually exclusive,” said Ulrich Walker, executive vice president of Mitsubishi
Motors Corporation. “E-Boost is environmentally friendly technology, but it’s also
pure driving fun. The Concept-E is proof that hybrid technology can do as much for
power and performance as it can for fuel consumption,” Walker said.