Monterey, California – The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid made its public driving debut last weekend at Laguna Seca raceway during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, just 19 months after being introduced as a concept vehicle.

A prototype of the 403-horsepower, full-size sedan reached speeds in excess of 160 km/h, using both Sport (hybrid) and Stealth (electric only) modes. The car was driven by Fisker Automobile co-founder and COO Bernhard Koehler.

Fisker, based in California, is developing the Karma to be the first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Capable of reaching 96 km/h in six seconds, and a top speed of 201 km/h, it can also achieve well over 2.3 L/100 km. Customer delivers are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2010.

The Karma has a range of 80 km on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, and a total range of 482 km via an on-board generator turned by a four-cylinder gasoline engine, combined with two powerful electric motors.

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