• May 16, 2009
Click above to watch video after the jump

A year ago, less a day, we showed you the first clip of the Fisker Karma in motion. More footage was shot that afternoon, but it's inexplicably taken this long for it to find its way onto the internet. What we have here is 52 seconds of exuberant, pedal-down slalom carving and skidpad circling in the Fisker Karma. The driver makes the tires squawk so much that you forget all about the unfortunate pop tune dubbed into the clip.

While not as polished as Fisker's recently-aired commercial, it does give a more accurate hint of how the luxo-sport hybrid-electric might handle. That is to say with a bit of understeer, though its wide stance does help keep the car from revealing its considerable weight. So ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and hit the jump for some wheel-squealing Karma action. Scroll down a bit further to revisit the aforementioned commercial spot as well.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see Henrik Fisker dancing like nobody's watching to the tune of the first video, thinking to be "totally hip". Please marketing people stop trying to relate and give us (even non-existent) engine sounds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rolling vaporware.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Tesla Model S will eat this thing alive as far as handling goes. Fisker should consider ditching the ICE and concentrate in balancing the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stunning car - the coupe will be even prettier. Fisker is definitely the dark horse that might just end up taking the crown.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That high pitch electric noise gives me headache
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know its electric and you could definately see the negative effects of heavy batteries→ it lunged into turns... but seriously why does every company have to advertise their upcoming vehicle offerings by crappily drifting it around? I can respect thats its an amazing electric coupe but seriously its wasn't even breaking loose . I can't really stand it anymore..not everyone wants to drift and its almost become the staple next to the "whose got the better 'ring time" d*ck swinging competition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't decide if the car handles like a barge or if the driver just sucks but body roll isn't that bad. The thing does seem abnormally long so it's not exactly going to be nimble but it's probably quite comfortable. There's not an aura of douche-bagery around this company, so I actually want to see this one do well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In your basic slalom and skidpad workout--which is what's depicted in the above video--the goal is to minimize slip angles, rather than "drifting" to show them off.

        Bear in mind, when forming opinions about the Karma's handling, that this is a wide car with a very long wheelbase on what looks to be a teeny slalom course and skidpad. Crank in the wheel angles needed to get something big through such tight turns, and almost anything will understeer.

        So, is the Karma really on track for 2010? I don't want to put too much weight on a promotional video, but it's encouraging that Fisker already seems to be in the fine-tuning portion of the development process. I'll be amazed if they pull it off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is so ugly, who is going to buy this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Asuka I know I'll get excoriated for this, but...

        Rush never told anyone to hate hybrids. He actually has professed his love for his Chevy Tahoe Hybrid:

        "It is an SUV. But it's a hybrid and it does get surprisingly great gas mileage, much greater than a standard internal combustion engine gets, without the hybrid attachment. A lot of people, "But, Rush, but, Rush, I thought you thought hybrids were...
        No, I don't care! If you want to drive a hybrid, I've always said feel free; just don't think you're saving the planet with it. If you want to do it to get better gas mileage, fine and dandy. You don't have to go out and buy one of these little Tonka toy cars and sit around with it."

        http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_052208/content/01125114.guest.html

        Perhaps you're thinking of when Rush said that people didn't want hybrids:

        "This story is from two weeks ago, two weeks ago we had this story on this program. It's from the Los Angeles Times. The headline: "'Hybrid Car Sales Go From 60 To Zero At Breakneck Speed' -- The gas-electric vehicles are piling up on dealers' lots as anxiety over gasoline prices evaporates. But more hybrid models are on the way. The Ford and Honda hybrids due out this month are among dozens planned for the coming years as automakers try to meet new fuel-efficiency standards and please politicians overseeing the industry's multibillion-dollar bailout." Nobody's buying 'em! Nobody wants them!"

        http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_033109/content/01125112.guest.html

        While I think Rush was engaging in some serious hyperbole, he does have a point. Hybrid sales are down, while full-size trucks still top the sales charts. I think his argument is that Americans want full-size trucks and cars - and that current hybrids don't quite fit that desire. His endorsement of the Tahoe Hybrid shows that he will accept the technology when it is part of a product that he (and the vast majority of Americans) would prefer to buy. Nevermind the importance of increasing the fuel economy of those larger vehicles makes a larger impact than increasing the mpg of small sedans and coupes that are already relatively efficient.

        There, I've done it, I defended Rush. I feel dirty. While I would personally love to own a Karma, I can't say I need one... I'll think about it while I'm riding my 3-speed to work tonight!

        • 5 Years Ago
        DB9 is awesome, I just cant get over the grille on any of the Fiskers. It looks horrendous. Styling is subjective and I think this thing is ugly. I could care less if its already sold out, I'll cringe every time one drives by.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, somebody.

        They're already sold-out through mid-2010.

        http://www.expertmotor.com/news/2009-fisker-karma-production-version.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're kidding, right? Its one of the most beautiful sedans ever made, designed by a man who has penned the greatest-looking car of the 21st century (DB9). Turn off Limbaugh and try to think for yourself; you don't have to hate something just because a fat guy on the radio tells you to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys need to see this car person. It really looks greats, and was getting a lot of attention at the NY auto show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always find it harder to get excited at watching electric cars because they lack the exhaust note that I love so much :P

      But I do really like this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely you mean "accelerator pedal"? While there is an ICE on board, it is not controlled by the right pedal; that pedal is connected to the electric motors which provide the propulsion for the Karma.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tire squeel is fake. That car wasn't pushed hard enough to squeel like that. If the squeel is from the car the the tire set-up sucks and they need to get a different tire.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The car handles like a pig. Lots of squealing and it couldn't do the emergency lane change without knocking over cones. The car looked slow to react, or the driver wasn't yanking on the wheel very fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya, my thoughts were sorta along those lines.
        Just seems like they had crappy tires.
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