The Connaught Type-D H Hybrid Sports Car. We are amazed that hardly any of the major car manufacturers can come up with decent hybrid cars, whilst smaller producers don’t seem to have that problem. Weird huh? You’d expect it to be the other way round. Anyhoo, this one does 140mph, 0–60 in 4.5 seconds and 42 mpg.
When the Type-D is stationary, the petrol engine does not run. The air-conditioning can still operate if needed, though, thanks to that 48-volt electrical system. To move off, you press the clutch pedal down, select a gear, press the accelerator and the engine fires up as you engage the clutch and move away. There’s none of the usual chatter and jerk of a conventional starter, because the electric motor performs the job of starting the engine.