2019 breakdown: the Good, the Bad, the Surprising
2019 has been a very nice year. Many different and encouraging things have happened for us car-lovers. But there are always two sides to everything and 2019 is no exception. Surprisingly 2019 has three sides, a good, a bad and a surprising side. This round-up might not have all the things that have happened this year, but it surely has the things that shaped up the way we will think of the last year of the current decade.
Bugatti break the 300mph record
We all were expecting this to happen, weren't we? Bugatti at the rate at which they were breaking records with their outstanding machines is simply mesmerizing and we all expect them to maintain this glory and give us more glorious moments in the future. Kudos Bugatti!
Bloodhound LSR breaks its own record
Talking about breaking records, how can we not talk about Bloodhound. The LSR broke its own record this year. This though is just a start of things to come from Bloodhound as they will return with a Nammo ‘monopropellant rocket’ in 12-18 month's of time. The Nammo monopropellant rocket which will deliver around 36,000bhp to complement the 54,000bhp jet is currently in development. The desert test this year was 'Spot on' and has taken them a step closer to the Land Speed record. Come on Bloodhound, we all are behind you!
Just look at that beautiful 935, that sums up what we are talking about. Carmakers like Aston martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche have given us some mouth-watering special editions which were sold out way before we got to know about them. While they make a headline of 2019, they will also be a part of the major sales of the coming years as these cars will be sold for a lot of money because as we all say, the demand is higher than the supply.
Ferrari not going electric
While all the car makers are turning their heads towards making electric cars and trying to capture the market, Ferrari at the launch of the 812 GTS told Top Gear magazine that they simply won't be going electric and promised that there are some really mouth-watering V12s coming up. "Molto Bella"
While all of us thought that EVs would be dreary and boring, 2019 showed us that EVs can be very good. We saw EVs like Honda e, VW ID.3, Mini e, Peugeot e-208 which encourage us and show that the future is bright. We even got a Mustang SUV which is quite good.
DriveTribe community car of the decade winner
The Drivetribe Community voted for its car of the decade. There were some brilliant contenders but the McLaren P1 came up as the winner. The P1 shaped our idea about hybrid technology and made us happy about the marriage of petrol and batteries. Kudos to the all at Woking!
Alfa Romeo not matching its promises
I really have tears in my eyes while typing this but I'll have to admit it, Alfa you have let us down. With the launch of the Giulia and the Stelvio, all the Alfa Romeo fans were bragging about how Alfa are coming back. Even Alfa Romeo said that they will give us 8 new cars by the end of 2018. But now we are at the end of the decade, and there is still no news of a new car from Alfa Romeo. *SOB*
Aston Martin financial breakdown
Aston Martin made our nerves tingle by announcing cars like the Valkyrie and Valhalla. Aston also unveiled some very cool concept cars but all this is not solving the Brits financial problems. Aston Martin is still in debt and it may be bought by a Canadian Billionaire I don't know about. The DBX will also not kick start Aston's finances. We hope that the coming year will be good for Aston Martin.
Lewis Hamilton wins... again
Look I am not a Lewis Hamilton hater and I do think that he and Mercedes are the best driver and team combination after Schumi at Ferrari but still, we are not seeing a proper fight from the rest of the pack to dethrone the Brit. Bottas acts as his wingman, Ferrari goof up their strategy and Red Bull can't match the high standards week in week out. We need to see an exhilarating title challenge in 2020 or many will be disappointed from F1.
No autonomous cars
Companies like Nissan, Mercedes, Renault, BMW said earlier that we will get autonomous cars by 2021 but eh, isn't 2021 now just 366 days away from now? If we are to see an autonomous car by 2021, we need to have a glimpse of it at least in the coming days. Come on car makers, speed up.
2019 saw two big automakers the Fiat-Chrysler group and PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel, Vauxhall) join forces. This merger wasn't expected by many but it has paved way for great success. This combination is deemed to be the fourth largest carmaker. Both the groups have been investing in new tech and a merger means that they will be able to work on some really ambitious projects together and be able to execute them efficiently.
Ferrari's absence at car shows
Ferrari unveiled two cars this year, but at Maranello. The Italians simply didn't come to any big autoshow with their new cars. It seems that Ferrari are spending the £3million or so cost of going to an autoshow elsewhere.
DriveTribe Creators' Car of The Year
While there were contenders like the BMW 3 Series, Porsche Taycan and Bentley Flying Spur, it was the 600bhp Ginetta Akula that was crowned by winner. Who thought at the start of the voting that DriveTribe's car of the year would come from a small manufacturer like Ginetta but here it is. Cheers to everyone at Ginetta.
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Despite all the ups and downs, 2019 has been a great year for most of us. Now its time to look forward to 2020 and a new decade. From all of us at Drivetribe, Happy New Year.