The Future of Super Cars

17 Nov

There was a point in my life, where I couldn’t stand the thought of an electric future for automobiles.  I imagined wimpy little electric cars that lacked all things inspiring.  The year 2010 has brought about more hype for hybrid-electrics and fully-electric vehicles than any other year and yet, surprisingly, I’m not cringing at press releases, government regulations, or new new electric concepts.  On the contrary, I’m beginning to let my guard down and have even considered fully embracing the future.

Mediocrity

With that being said a few disclaimers must be noted.  I will never denounce my love for fuel slurping, wide tired, and completely impractical automobiles.  There aren’t many things in this world that I love more than the smell of expelled hydrocarbons, the sound of unbridled exhaust, and exorbitant horsepower figures.  My zero emission nightmares did not only consist of silent, uninspiring transportation either, but also cars that all looked the same, visions of Subaru’s Mediocrity marketing campaign came to mind.

Thankfully these nightmares have been put to rest, so effectively that they have been replaced with pure longing.  All this hybrid hype has been accompanied with a handful of prototypes that are so beautifully inspiring that it wouldn’t be surprising to find the most dedicated of gear heads shaking hands with the president of Green Peace.  These prototypes aren’t just beautiful examples of automotive design either, they represent the promising future of the super car.  Sure, the Nissan Leaf isn’t half bad looking, and the Chevrolet Volt is arguably one of the most important vehicles of this decade but those are commuter cars, cars that you drive to work day in and day out.  With increasingly stringent emissions laws and fuel economy standards it’s no wonder that manufacturers have jumped on the alternative means of propulsion band wagon.

BMW Efficient Dynamics

Jaguar, BMW, and Porsche have each introduced sports car iterations of hybrid-electric vehicles that will absolutely knock your socks off.  From awe-inspiring design, to super car-like performance, the Jaguar C-X75, BMW Efficient Dynamics, and Porsche 918 Spyder, represent the bright future of sports cars and high efficiency.   Phrases such as elegant engineering, efficient dynamics, and intelligent performance accompany these cars and rightly so.  We’re talking about some of the most beautiful cars that have ever been created, cars that can travel well over 500 miles on one tank of fuel, and cars that can sprint from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, reaching speeds of 200-mph.  These numbers certainly aren’t new in the automotive realm, what’s impressive is that they are achieved all in the same car, and in unconventional ways.

Porsche 918 Spyder

The Jaguar C-X75 for example has a very unique form of propulsion; electric motors at each wheel power the sleek Jag and two small turbine engines act as generators to keep the battery pack charged.  The combination of fluid design and turbine whine cause the C-X75 to evoke images of a chrome plated batmobile, or at least James Bonds next techno car.  The Porsche is slightly more conventional with a 500-horsepower V-8 and an electric motor on each axle.  Porsche claims that this combination produces 0-60 sprints of 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and an impressive 78 mpg.  BMW’s route to hyper fuel economy is similar to that of Porsche’s minus the super car V-8; with a 3 cylinder turbodiesel engine, electric motors at each axle, and some very impressive aerodynamics the Efficient Dynamics is well….. very efficient.  The technologies in these cars aren’t only designed to just sip fuel either,  energy management is also a key part of these three engineering marvels.  For example: the Efficient Dynamics will use kinetic energy from braking to recharge the batteries as you are driving and it can even salvage lost heat from the exhaust system, transferring it back to the battery.

Jaguar C-X75

While nightmares of automotive mediocrity still come and go the Jaguar C-X75, BMW Efficient Dynamics, and Porsche 918 Spyder are wonderful insights into what could potentially be the future of sporting car propulsion.

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One Response to “The Future of Super Cars”

  1. GRO Orton November 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    This is awesome! Those sports cars are cool. Why aren’t the car companies coming up with these cars that are truly efficient and fast?

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