Lotus Develops Hybrid Hi-Fi
August 5th, 2008 11:33 AM Share
Inspired by the plight of blind and partially sighted pedestrians fearing hybrids running silently in EV mode, Lotus is set to replace the silent whoosh of a Prius' EV mode with some sort of engine noise. So how does Lotus' "Safe and Sound" system sound? In the videos provided by Lotus, it sounds a lot like a healthy four-banger. Hethel's engineers claim you could make your Prius sound like it's packing a desmo-head 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR engine or a breathed-on Chevy small block. Pity the poor gangsters of Agrestic who will lose their drive-by shooting advantages if Nancy Botwin upgrades her Prius with the Lotus system.
Published August 5th, 2008 11:33 AM
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From now on, I will consider the squeal emmited from my old Subaru's brakes and semi-worn drive belts as a "Lotus inspired safety feature"!
How much research do you need to play sound out of the front of a car?