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While we've seen the Fisker Karma surrounded by velvet ropes and models plenty of times, we've yet to experience the sight of the Karma spinning its wheels on the open road. The good news is that this luxury plug-in hybrid will make its public driving debut during the Monterey Peninsula's Classic Car Week (part of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance) in the middle of August. Not only will August 15 mark the first time outsiders get to see the Karma in action, but it'll be first time any plug-in hybrid joins the track cars at the event. The plan right now is to send the Karma on two laps of the Laguna Seca course, starting at 11:10 a.m.

The Karma concept will also be on display at Concorso Italiano on Aug. 14, along with the Karma Sunset convertible, while the Karma S will bask on the 18th hole of Pebble on Aug. 16.



Event to be a highlight of Monterey Peninsula's Classic Car Week

IRVINE, CA – July 23, 2009: The Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid will make its public driving debut during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on Saturday, August 15, just 19 months after being unveiled as a concept car. It will be the first time a PHEV has appeared on track at the event. The Fisker Karma will also be on display at Concorso Italiano on Friday, August 14, alongside the Karma Sunset hardtop convertible concept. The Karma Sunset will again be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Sunday, August 16.

The Fisker Karma PHEV represents a paradigm shift in alternatively-powered transportation. A full-size luxury sedan with seating for four, the Karma has a range of 50 emission-free miles on a full charge of its Lithium-ion battery, and a total range of 300 miles thanks to an on-board generator turned by traditional but efficient 260hp Ecotec engine. Two 201.5hp electric motors send enough traction through a single-speed differential to reach 60mph in about six seconds and a top speed of 125mph. Together, these components make up the Q-DRIVE® powertrain exclusive to all Fisker automobiles. Q-DRIVE® delivers not only performance, but can average more than 100mpg with a lower carbon output than current hybrids.

"The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races is the best stage in the world for great moments in automotive history," said Henrik Fisker, Fisker Automotive CEO. "Fisker is honored to be a part of it."

The Fisker Karma prototype is scheduled to complete two laps on the legendary 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca course at 11:10 a.m., starting and finishing just ahead of the pedestrian bridge at Turn 5, before returning to the Price Family Dealerships display area on the infield. Fisker executives Henrik Fisker, CEO, and Bernhard Koehler, COO, will be available for media interviews throughout the weekend.


Fisker Automotive, founded in 2007 by Fisker Coachbuild, LLC and Quantum Technologies (QTWW), is a privately owned American car company producing premium green automobiles, with Henrik Fisker as CEO. Global headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif. The company is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Palo Alto Investors and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). More information is available at www.fiskerautomotive.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure all of the events on the Peninsula would care for the characterization "part of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance".

      Certainly, the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, though they work with entrants so they can show at Pebble Beach and recognize that Pebble Beach is, arguably, the "grandfather" of Concours d'Elegance (at least in the U.S.), isn't thinking that they're a clear undercard event. Different? Yes... Part of the Pebble Beach Concours? No...

      Nor do I think that Pebble Beach stalwarts always like the fact that all of these events have popped up over the past 15 years and, frankly, brought a lot of the "unwashed masses" (myself included) onto the Peninsula.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is drop-dead gorgeous, as stunning as anything from the Jaguar/ Aston Martin houses, but you have to ask yourself: "do I really want a car that depends on an already overloaded power grid?" And it seems that California is where most of these will end up, you know the place with the rolling blackouts...
        • 5 Years Ago
        So your saying you would rather have a car that depends on a quickly vanishing natural resource that comes mostly from countries with unstable governments?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The double grilles are fine, and so are the diamond openings. But just not both at once.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful car, if i had the money to buy one i would. No other 4 door car look this sleek.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche should hire Fisker designers for the Panamera 2.0
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos to Henrik Fisker and Quantum Technologies for bringing together the remarkable PHEV drive train with such voluptuous packaging. I can't wait until I see the first one driving down the streets around here! It'll be very interesting to see what kind of lap time they post around Laguna Seca - but I'll understand if they don't push it too hard.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Since the first I saw pics of it, I found this car professionally designed yet hideous. I'd sooner fall in love with a Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks great and how can you not like that evil grin on its face?? >:)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish the total range was more than 300 miles. You would think with such an "efficient" design they would get great gas milage and a 10-15gal gas tank would return a range better than 300 miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see your point, but a larger gas tank capacity becomes a liability in the Karma's specific mission - to travel up to 50 miles on pure battery power. Every ounce counts, and total range is not the primary concern.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I meant that IF they had a 10-15gal tank, they should get better range.