• Mar 13, 2008


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Every automaker realizes that they need to make their vehicles consume less gas, reduce emissions and lessen their overall effect on the environment. One obvious way to make this happen is to go electric, but that solution poses its own host of problems. One potential sticking-point is that many drivers love the way their car sounds and have gotten used to the underhood roar and scintillating exhaust note of an internal combustion engine. But, what if your electric car sounded ''like something between a Formula One car and a jet plane?"

That's exactly what Henrik Fisker plans to do with his new Karma, a hybrid sedan which can travel up to 50 miles before the engine needs to kick in and recharge the batteries. To make sure that everyone inside and out can hear the F1-car-slash-jet-turbine note, speakers have been placed strategically around the vehicle, both in the interior and on the exterior. A novel, if not obvious solution, but we doubt it's going to have the same effect no matter how well it's executed.

[Source: Forbes Autos]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another reason that Aston Martin Rapide is so much more attractive than this.

      Wow. dedicated speakers all over the place, just to sound fake. Nice job. Not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd think the styling would be loud enough.

      You'd hear the car coming with all the people going "WTF!?" You could tell which way the car was traveling by gaging the volume of such exclamations.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...worst idea ever.

      sorry, but electric vehicles come with advantages and drawbacks. want to spend less on gas? gotta give up the throughty exhaust note (among other things).

      Just let it be what it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing should make the sound of thousands of Pringles cans popping.

      Once you pop, you can't stop!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was on pimp my ride. They put a speaker box under a minivan that could sound like a lamborghini, ferrari, mustang, or even a helicopter
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a joke, right? From the anglerfish grille to the phony exhaust, it's a Hollywood nightmare based in a King novel Damn, it's a butt-f*ckin' ugly POS.
      Please make it go away. Please, I've been really, really good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no. Just imagine the possibilities. People will have "ring tones" for their cars. 1st gear will be soulja boy. 2nd will be Lil Wayne. 3rd will be Justin Timberlake. Etc..... This could be very very unnecessarily bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's wrong with making a silent car sound like a freakin' jet? It'll sound better than nothing at all won't it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So they're going to use more electricity to make artificial noises? We start out with the idea of a green car. Then we make it luxurious. And then top it off with additional inefficient fakery. This is a complete flagellation of the concept of green transportation. They should have just stuck a Hemi (or whatever ICE) in it and called it a day. Would've been more credible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      rice?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ricers around the world rejoice!
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bad ass! I want this car now!
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