The Modern Super-car Problem
The ending of the Pagani Zondas production marked the end of an era and the beginning of another But is this one better?
The last of the Zondas the 760 Series. Photo Credit @sammooresphotos
To begin to explain the modern super-car problem lets first take a trip back to 1974 when Lamborghini released a car called the Countach.
This car was simply the definition a poster car (completely impractical but an exiting and a wonderful car to look at) with a 370 bhp V12 which could take this machine up to a whopping 314 km/h (195 mph) and a 0-60 time of only 5.4 seconds and wonderful handling with great directional stability and almost electric responses. But it had one so called "drawback" it was completely impractical but with the performance and sheer driving enjoyment it really didn't take much away from the car and though this sort of design was nothing new with cars like the Lamborghini Muria and the Maserati Bora this car particularly cemented the style as the benchmark for a great super-car.
What it lead to
The benchmark set by the Countach lead to some great machines but none greater then the Ferrari F-40 in terms of super-cars a perfect machine it held a 478 hp V12 which could take this beauty all the way up to 324 km/h (201 mph) and goes from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and had absolutely superb handling everything about this car made it the perfect super-car.
What is the problem?
From the way the F-40 and the Countach have been described your probably wondering what is the problem with modern super-cars well quite simply you'll notice these cars are simple cars built of the principle of power and handling but without any or hardly any electrical helpers just raw power machines. Cars like the Porsche 918 and the Mclaren Mp4-12c are on there own are wonderful machines but not as super-cars. Super-cars should be just built on power and excitement and not have fancy control systems to make the car easier to drive, they should scare you and make you dirty your trousers a bit and simply the modern super-car takes away the that experiences especially after the end of the Zondas production
What is to be done
Fear not because the dream of the wonderful soil yourself thrill of a super-car is not dead there is still one company that stays always true to that dream...
Koenigsegg or Koenigseggisseggggnignigsegigisegggg depending on your spelling ability is one brand that have always stay true and continue to do so today creating cars the Stig himself can't control most cars holding over 700 bhp they do exactly what super-cars need to do, scare you, give you a huge thrill and have no real practicality.
What do we take away from this?
Quite simply modern "super-car" as performance vehicles are wonderful but as super-cars don't live up to what they should be meaning we really should take things back to the old days and have cars that make you mess yourself when you take them to the start.