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What's The Most Sacrilegious Hybridization?

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A vanilla-flavored econobox appliance hybrid? Sure. But a BMW M1 Hybrid? A Corvette hybrid? Many will scream bloody murder. But there could be worse. Much worse. What's the most sacrilegious hybridization you can think of?

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If we had to take one vehicle that epitomizes our love of the internal combustion engine, and therefore is antithetical to the mission of a hybrid, it would be a Ford GT. We think the idea of any GT with a tiny electric motor and a heavy battery pack is pretty much equivalent to throwing up a little in the back of your mouth and then having to swallow it because you're at a party and the host and everyone else is watching you. To make the idea even more vile, we'd paint it in Gulf Oil livery and put a big hybrid sticker on it and only drive it 15 MPH to make sure it only runs in electric mode.

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Whew, that was hard to write. What about you? What do you view as the most sacriligeous hybridization?

(QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing automotive questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.)

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natehubbell
ThreeLitre

As I prepare to board a plane to head south to Lake Lanier, Georgia for the 4th annual BMWCCA Oktoberfest, my brain is swimming with Roundel images from various eras. So when I spied the unmistakable script of a BMW 850 V12 symbol in the image here, and then began pondering Today's question, I have, perhaps inevitably, been drawn to a rather personal conclusion, so please forgive me if this comes off as contrived.

I read through a lot of these comments, and the ones that seemed to make the most sense to me were the ones that hinted at the idea that the worst hybridization victims are those cars that possess very little in the way of real refinement. Or, at least, what we Today would consider refinement. In other words, if something is relatively simple, adding hybrid drive simply ruins it.

I agree. So many cars these days add so many things to divorce you from the act of just driving a plain and simple piece of machinery.

As part of the BMWCCA sojourn that my Dad and I are making, I drove my Father's lightly restored 1974 BMW 2002 from Boston to Philadelphia. The car is 35 years old. It is not fast. It is not all that refined (although we did add a stereo). It is simply a good, solid car with immense amounts of character. It is the only car I have ever driven that keeps me perpetually smiling, like an idiot.

The joy of that car is not to be found at low speeds, nor is it to be found in how quickly it accelerates - both of which (depending on the hybrid drive set up of a particular powertrain) hybridization supposedly can help with. The joy of that car is at steady, slightly-above-reasonable speed on a back road somewhere between East Nowhere and South Stixville, hucking it in to corners and bounding over uneven roads that most cars of Today would find a real challenge to handle. And hybridization can do nothing to make that car any more fun on those roads. Adding it is complete sacrilege.