How can Supercars get any faster?
Supercars are getting better and better by the day - but is there a limit, and have we reached it?
Supercars are phenominal pieces of equipment that will never stop amazing me. Whether you look at the competition between the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S (not quite supercars, but still amazing pieces of machinery) all the way up to the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Jesko and Hennessey Venon F5; my passion for cars will always be thanks to the fastest cars our planet has to offer.
But my question today is 'can supercars get any better?'
At first, the obvious answer is 'yes'. The Bugatti Chiron was the first road-legal supercar to reach the 300mph barrier, but how much more room is there for improvement? When will supercars reach their peak before the limitations of current technology cause a complete slowdown in improvements?
The Bugatti Chiron is still a great example of when this happened. According to Bugatti; the top speed of the Chiron is electronically limited to 261mph due to the fact that there aren't any tyres that can hold the pressure of going faster and it being safe. I consider this the start of the downfall for supercars as we know them, and I think we will need a break-through in the technology for tyres, or aerodynamics in order to keep improving.
Image: Bugatti Media Site.
But why is there a competition in the first place?
Another good question. The most common question a non-car enthusiast asks is "What is the point in owning a fast car when it is illegal to drive so far over the speedlimit?"
It takes a car enthusiast to understand that it isn't the speed of the car that matters, it is the engineering and work that goes into developing the technology that makes it possible for someone to drive that fast. We all take for granted how complex a supercar is, and it still amazes me to this day how the Bugatti reached 300mph.
Expanding on this, companies absolutely want to take the top spot, especially those such as Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey. But what will they have to do to top it? And come on, we all love the rivalry that is going to become...
Image: Porsche Newsroom.
The rise of the electric cars
Electric cars show promising signs for supercars. Who remembers the episode of The Grand Tour (Season 2, episode 1) where Clarkson, Hammond and May had a drag race that included the Honda NSX, Lamborghini Aventador S and the Rimac Concept One? The pure acceleration that the Rimac had off the line was enough to obliterate the Honda and Lamborghini - no verb could describe that better.
The acceleration that electric cars now have is one example of what could become of supercars in the future. What will hydrogen cars have that can top electric cars? Only time will tell. But for now, electric cars seem to be extremely promising, and I expect to see more companies experimenting with electric cars over the next five years.
You can take a look at the drag race down below:
As I said earlier - I think the development of supercars is slowing down; top-speed-wise anyway. We may find massive improvements in aerodynamics, tyres, acceleration and other aspects in the near future; but what is next for supercars? I would love to hear your thoughts and create a discussion in the comments below.
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