No, the 2 reasons are NOT the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt. However, that thought has made me laugh just slightly! Electric cars which actually work and have some enthusiasm are coming, it won’t be long—-but it’s not quite yet! I can’t even take the Tesla serious enough to comment on it, considering it’s sketchy company and even sketchier reliability. Fisker designs excite me, but the company is going under fast..so where does that leave us? With the germans of course!
I would like to think that the future will bring us totally NEW ideas within automobiles, and while we may miss the rumble of a V8 or the roar of an inline-5—-i think automobile enthusiasts should be excited about prospects of digital sounding electric cars burning around a track. We may think these ideas are far away—-but they are not. It will start in racing, and trickle down to reality.
We are currently sounded by a lot of street car junk….cars like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius which have ZERO emphasis on driving characteristics and all emphasis on pseudo socio-political activism and trendiness. They are not solutions, however they’ve been advertised as such.
At Petit Le Mans, I heard race cars quiet enough to only give off the sound of wind….the future is coming!
Don’t get me wrong, I think the BMW i8 is really quite a wasted opportunity to make a beautiful sports car, something it is not—–however maybe it’s ahead of its time and I just don’t realise it yet. The Audi R8 e-Tron, on the other hand is based off the current R8 and looks pretty great as we’d expect. BMW are taking bigger risks here I reckon…and secretly i’m hoping they produce something fantastic (and i hope they change their Apple-hommage name of “i” to something more BMW-ish). There will always be enthusiast sports cars, no matter what future technology brings. Instead of resisting the inevitable, I think we are better off embracing the future while we appreciate the past.
I love the sounds they are working with…