A May 02 Popular Science Hybrid article has the following zingers.
1. Waxed behinds ban hybrids from FormulaOne
“Don Panoz's Le Mans racing team discovered that shoehorning a 195-horsepower electric motor and a 300-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery alongside the gasoline engine would give the team's car an edge….
Their plan was to use a car's alternator—the mini generator in every vehicle that keeps the battery charged—as an electric-assist motor that could contribute small boosts of power. This prompted the Formula One sanctioning body to ban the technology before it ever got to the track. "They had to," says John Wallace of Ford's electric-centric Think division. "Teams without it would have had their behinds waxed."”
2. Waxed behinds: Hybrid Viper—0-60 < 3sec
“an electric motor powers the front wheels, a gas engine the rear wheels. A Viper with this setup would get 10 percent better gas mileage and 20 percent more torque, says Larry Oswald, DaimlerChrysler's vice president of hybrid engineering. "That would take another second or two off its 0-to-60 time," he says. In other words, it'd get to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.”
3. GM behinds ready for wax.
“"We plan to offer a hybrid feature to improve fuel economy, as long as it doesn't degrade performance," explains Richard Marsh, GM's program executive for hybrid trucks. "People buy trucks to use them as trucks," he adds. "There's not a lot of interest in trucks with small engines."”