Supercars:Past, Present & Future
Supercars...what exactly are supercars?
So basically, supercars are defined as description of high-performance luxury car which are more than capable of tearing up the roads and leaving common cars in the dust.
The hierarchy of speed cars is divided in 3 levels.
Sports cars sit at the bottom of this hierarchy, with supercars occupying the middle ground, and hyper cars being the kings of all.
Hyper cars push the boundaries of the possibilities in terms of speed and performance but at the same time, are only available in very limits quantities and not for public. While supercars are more powerful and luxury than sports cars which are available publicly.
Marcello Gandini designed the first ever supercar Lamborghini Miura in 1964 with a very powerful 3929 cc V12 engine because he wanted to change the perspective of normal boring 1500cc cars. This car was the first supercar with a rear mid-engine two-seat layout and other front engine were termed as sports car.
After this, the era of supercars began. More and more people were attracted towards supercars. People wanted
to see the limits supercars can go. There enters different automobile companies which were capable of making, designing and producing such kind of cars or say SUPERCARS.
Launch of Lamborghini Miura made companies like Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Ford's mustang, Audi, Bugatti etc step in market with ideas of supercars. By end of 1980, more than 800 supercars were manufactured by these companies and competed with each other.
Today, there are over 5000 different models of supercars are running on roads worldwide. Many things have been changed, upgraded, modified in supercars by time. With a top speed of 280 km/h and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, the Lamborghini Miura set new standards in the supercars segment in 1965. Now in 2021, Bugatti Devel 16 is said to be able to churn out an eye-popping 5000 hp from a quad-turbo W16 engine with a top speed that would exceed 550 km/h and breaks every record in terms of speed.
Day by day, leading companies are making progress in making the supercars more and more efficient and futuristic (electric cars). Talking about futuristic, had you ever thought that supercars would be running on electricity?
EV companies are gradually progressing in selling and making more efficient electric vehicles. Tesla, formed in 2001, is one of the biggest manufacturing company in futuristic electric vehicles also they have contributed in huge development of Electric vehicles like model S, model 3 and cybertruck which is was first of its kind in electric trucks with automated driving. This takes us to the main point of future that how more efficient supercars will be in our day-to-day life as advancement/development happens.
So... what will be the future of supercars?
It is clear that there is future of electric supercars. But it is also hard to forget the thrill of an ic engine cars as lot of my generation will be sad to no longer hear a roaring of V12 or V8 engine of supercars. Also, the muscle supercars are the classic of all and we can't find same experience in electric cars, so it brings back to the main question that are we ready to leave all these wonderful experiences of ic engine cars and move towards environment friendly electric cars?
The ban on petrol and diesel car sales will bring a complete end to manufacturing of all new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2030 or near future as crude oil won't be any leftover so companies will have to start manufacturing EV. Ferrari has confirmed that its first all-electric car will be revealed in 2025. Similarly
Lamborghini confirmed that their first electric car will be launched by 2024 and Audi has entered the EV market by launching Audi E-Tron and Tesla is already crashing competition with its Model S which reaches a speed of 0-100 km/hr in just 3 seconds.
Thus, from Lamborghini Miura to Tesla model S, supercars have taken a massive upgrade. And future is always with bearing gifts filled with advancement of EV and also finding a way to save our environment by making them more efficient.
BY- Sangani Zeel
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