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Ian Wright, he of Ariel Atom converted to Wrightspeed X1 fame, has recently been more vocal about his dream of an efficient hybrid powertrain for heavy and high-performance vehicles. His has, in fact, been kicking this idea around for some time but now it seems he's really getting serious and has wooed $5 million in Series A funding for the range-extended cause from a private investor.

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Kleenspeed West WX10 at Refuel 2010 – Click above to watch video after the break

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There will be casualties. That's what we've been warned over and over about the burgeoning green car market in the face of the world's global economic crisis and the recent trend towards cheap gas. One such vehicle that we had been really looking forward to was the Wrightspeed X1, but we now hear it will never see the light of day. Why? According to Ian Wright, creator of the X1 electric supercar, "At this stage of the game, when oil is cheap and batteries still expensive, spending two- to three

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Ian Wright is a name familiar to many electric car enthusiasts as the man who turned an Ariel Atom into the Ferrari-beating Wrightspeed X1 prototype. It's been a while since we've heard from Mr. Wright, who has been working on engineering a hybrid system for heavy duty pick-up trucks, but now there is news from the former Kiwi. And if you are still disappointed Wrightspeed didn't bring the X1 to market, the news is good. According to Michael Kanellos over at greentechmedia, the builder of the wo

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