Most people still imagine a smelly, loud, gas guzzling muscle car or modern ICE supercar when the subject of fast sports cars comes up. Added to this, generally people think of electric cars as eco-friendly, reserved commuter cars, with small engines and weird spaceship-like interior and exterior features ... not electric sports cars.
Tesla Model S P100DL Trumps Lamborghini Huracan (via DragTimes)
Tesla is changing this and others (like Rimac with the Concept_One) are following suit.
The Tesla Model S P100D boasts zero to 60 sprints in less than 2.5 seconds and near 10.5 second quarter miles. Time and time again, enthusiasts have put Tesla's vehicles on the drag strip, pit up against the fastest ICE cars. Surprising or not - depending on your background - the Teslas often win.
Yea yea ... go ahead and tell us that the Tesla may not fare as well on the long and winding race track. We know that ... but it's an everyday car. A sedan built for the road, and fit for a family, like the hot rod muscle cars of the past. It's just as hard to imagine that a souped up Chevrolet Chevelle, while loud, powerful, and fast, could handle hairpin turns quite like a McLaren or a Lamborghini.
Electric cars are here to stay, and before long, once they are widely adopted, costs to purchase electric cars will mirror ICE cars, and cost to own will be substantially less. No gas, no oil changes, no spark plugs, more efficiency, quieter ... all while being better for the environment and faster than their gas counterparts, with mind-blowing torque. What's to lose?
The "quieter" part seems to really throw off traditional muscle car lovers and racing fans. We're sure, if that's the biggest issue, an inexpensive solution can make your electric car sound however you want it to sound. BMW and others are already including simulated sound enhancement in some vehicles.
With all of this being said, we can never replace the muscle cars of yesterday or the modern ICE supercars of today. There will always be a place for the gas-powered classic cars that dominate our car shows and avenue cruises, and the super fast and agile Ferraris, and Porsches that are hard to beat (even these companies are using electric motors). It's a huge part of the history of this country and worldwide automotive innovation.
But, we are built on continued innovations, and just as innovations have brought us from muscle cars, to ICE supercars, it is bringing us to electric sports cars. Hopefully, sooner than later, it won't be uncommon to see a gearhead with his/her limited use 1963 Corvette Stingray, well-suited for weekend drives and car shows - stowed away in the garage - while he/she rocks the commute or family vacation in a high horsepower, sporty, electric sedan.
The replacement of the ICE supercar is much the same. There will always be hardcores that are unwilling to change or to accept the reality. Never will any of us likely forget the ultimate engineering, sheer power, and of course the earth-moving rumble of these incredible supercars. But, a day will come, when the electric counterpart can live side by side the beasts that inspired it. And, perhaps, further into the future, a day will come when the electric car replaces it.