Nobody ever said that pushing the boundaries of technology was easy. Today's latest crop of hybrid and electric vehicles are highly complicated pieces of machinery loaded with computer controls, miles of wiring and sometimes multiple powerplants. As you might imagine, not everything always goes smoothly when engineers are perfecting these various systems before they reach production.

A shining example can be seen in the video after the break. There you'll see Infiniti, which was the official sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012, show off some of its latest concept and production vehicles. One of the highlights of the event this year was a run up the hill by a working prototype of the Emerg-E Concept. Sadly, not everything went according to plan.

In the official video released by Infiniti, you can see both the FX Sebastian Vettel Version and the Emerg-E take off from the starting line. What you won't see, at least not in Infiniti's video, is the Emerg-E break down and require a tow before the end of the course. Of course, in this day and age of HD-capable smartphones in the pockets of almost everyone, that doesn't mean there's no video at all...

Scroll down below to see how it all went down. In any case, it's important to remember this is only a prototype and not a final production machine.




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      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear all, I am doing research about Electric Cars and I would like to know your concerns about them. If you have any, please put them in the following link. Thank you! http://www.survs.com/survey/IYM5KCY9OF
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        Of course, he may be serious and just not know how to ask questions very well. In which case I apologize for being mean to him. But he still shouldn't reproduce unless he can prove his IQ is higher than it seems. ROFL....and feeling mean today. :-)
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        I note the way you phrase that, as 'concerns', with no mention of advantages. Loaded questions produce loaded results, which presumably is your intention, unless it is the result of stupidity. If the latter, you should study how to conduct surveys before performing one.
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh come now Dave, I took his survey: 1) What are your main concerns about electric cars? > My main concern is morons like you asking loaded questions to make them look bad. 2) What suggestions do you have to improve the current Electric Cars? >I suggest we cut your balls off so you can't reproduce and pass your genes on to future generations. See, I took his survey and provided helpful feedback. :-)
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      More testing should have been done, did the Lotis Evora make it?
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should get rid of the British built Lotus Evora electric engine, and go with their own Nissan Leaf inspired engine. Much more reliable...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      " Today's latest crop of hybrid and electric vehicles are highly complicated pieces of machinery loaded with computer controls, miles of wiring and sometimes multiple powerplants" Ah, and internal combustion engine cars are very simple these days, right? ;)
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Well to be fair, a hybrid has a gasoline engine and an electric drivetrain, so mechanically, yes, they are more complicated. Control wise, they are much, much more complicated. More importantly, ICE drivetrains have had a century to get the bugs worked out. One complicated piece of machinery that many hybrids like the Prius and Volt don't have however, are transmissions. Even after a century, transmissions are still a weak link. While hybrids are more complicated by nature, they have a great advantage over their ICE counterparts. The system, by nature receives less high peak stress, and therefore less cyclic fatigue. The electric drivetrain sort of works like an energy shock absorber to the engine, allowing the engine to operate at a more constant, less "peaky" output. As compared to an EV, the engine works as a shock absorber to the electric system, namely, the battery. For example, a Leaf will allow a much deeper depletion of its battery than a Volt will. A hybrid system, due to its complication is a very difficult machine to engineer and get running well. Once you have a hybrid that works well, though, by nature, it will typically work well for a very long time. Hybrids will always be complicated machines. Pure EVs, though will be very simple and trouble free by nature especially as batteries get better and cheaper. As someone who has spent countless frustrating hours under the hood, I really look forward to one day owning an EV. If I didn't live where bad drivers make driving on two wheels a suicide mission, I'd like to get an electric bike like you. Most of my family's fuel fuel, though is burned in our minivan. I'm hoping that as electrification gets cheaper, it will become more common in larger vehicles like minivans where there is much greater potential fuel savings. I'd really like to one day replace that van with one with hybrid or EV drive. In the meantime, we drive less than 8,000 miles a year on each of our vehicles, so we're consuming much less gas than the average family.
      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have built an EV instead of a hybrid, less complex.
      porosavuporo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, in this case they were trying to push the boundaries of technology, but ended up just pushing the technology to the trailer. ..
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @porosavuporo
        ah well. the porsche 918 couldn't even start without being pushed by 4 guys and even then it struggled
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well maybe they should develope their own drivetrain instead of using one from Lotus who is in serious financial ruin !
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        for a concept it doesn't matter much. what's your source that they've used lotus parts?
          Jonathan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Source is Lotus and Infiniti's press statements . .Lotus has said that they supplied the drivetrain . Infiniti has also said that this is a reskinned Lotus with a Infiniti interior . This is nothing more than a Lotus in Infiniti clothing even the press statement says that it is a Lotus drivetrain .
      christianii
      • 2 Years Ago
      infiniti could only muster 360 resolution...shame. Infinity has become a brand no one cares about. their cars haven't changed in years...
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @christianii
        I think they're trying to change that with the Emerg-e, but obviously they need to work out a few bugs...
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get this at all. If the point is a publicity stunt, then the first order of business is making sure that the stunt is completed. Otherwise, you don't do it. Some people think there's no such thing as bad publicity - I beg to differ - having your latest & greatest car prototype dragged off on a flatbed does little to inspire confidence. I wonder if Infiniti will be able to push the car to production after this embarrassment.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe it was the unusually bad drag coefficient of 0.34 that overwhelmed the drivetrain : )
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        But, gosh, it looks real aerodynamic and sleek... It goes to show that aerodynamics are a lot more than sleek looks.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          yeah I was surprised too. much of it looks very aerodynamic but the front grill opening could be bad as well as the back gills. raised hips like that is wrong
          Jens Kr. Kirkebø
          @Grendal
          0.34 is astonishingly bad compared to the Model S which achieved 0.24...
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