After watching this week's Grand Tour (which, by the way, was fantastic) and seeing James May's review of the new Alpine A110, I've realised just how much could be done to further improve cars and how I think the ICE could be kept in production for a lot long longer. Of course, I'm not expecting anyone to agree with me, but while we're on the subject, please leave your ideas in the comments, because who knows? Maybe someone will notice it, and you'll make it real! (and also, I'm very curious)
MAKE CARS LIGHTER
One of the problems I'm seeing with new cars is that they're getting a lot heavier and it's easy to understand why. They must have lots of safety aids and airbag and on top of that, manufacturers pack them full of unnecessary optional extras. I mean, why would you want electric seats in your diesel Golf, which you've already bought because it's reasonably priced and economical? Of course, I'm not saying that all cars should be as basic and simple as the Lotus pictured above, because that would make them a lot more uncomfortable to drive, but they should really lose all the options that people don't actually need. For example, if you will not drive your car unless it has Lane Assist, I think you do not belong on the road. Of course, systems like these could prevent crashes in certain situations, but they still can't, and never will replace a human being. Driving schools should prepare future drivers a lot better than they do now (at least in my country) and people should be more aware of the dangers they're facing while driving and not being interested in doing this activity whatsoever.
I know most petrolheads still hate electric cars. I have to confess, I'm not very keen on them either, even if they have 500 KWs of power, but they could be very useful in towns, perfect, in fact. All taxis, buses, delivery vans and public service vehicles should become electric to further reduce emissions and noise (maybe make them do a little bit of noise so that pedestrains know when a car is coming, so they don't get run over - like it almost happened to me). I know that batteries harm the environment a lot, but I think it's a lot better for very large cities, and also, a lot better than electrifying all cars.
Also, I think that all manufacturers should have small cars (and I mean it - something no bigger than the car you see above - 3,98 meters in length) powered by electric motors, especially designed for people to drive to work and back home. That's it. They don't need many optional extras on them. Power-steering, ABS, ESP, a couple of airbags, bluetooth MP3 radio, A/C and heated seats will do and since it's electric, there's no need for transmission and engine and so it will be very spacious for a small car. (Hopefully, more environmental friendly and lighter batteries will come)
CROSSOVERS SHOULDN'T EXIST
There's not much to say about these hideous things, really. They are ugly, expensive, worse to drive and less economical than the hatchbacks they're based on and, in some cases, less practical. So, why would anyone buy these things? Almost the same thing could be said about every SUV that doesn't come with 4WD and/or can't go off-road. So, there you go, useless vehicles that waste fuel and resources. If you need a lot of space, you go off-road quite often/you live at the North Pole or you tow stuff very often, then yes, you should buy a Land Rover Discovery, but not a VW T-Roc or an Opel Crossland X.
Yes, you heard it right. The way to save ICEs is to make more hybrid cars. I mean why wouldn't you like them? One way I see it, is getting rid of diesels in all passenger cars and replacing them with hybrids and small petrol engines. The idea is that 4 cylinder turbocharged engines remain, and bigger 6 and 8 cylinder engines go back to being naturally aspirated (to improve reliabilty and reduce costs, and of course, for better noise and higher RPMs) but using help from one or two electric motors. Engines with more than 8 cylinders usually go in supercars or very high-end cars, so the added price of a hybrid powertrain shouldn't be a problem. Of course, not all cars should be hybrids. I mean, a small car such as the Clio RS should never get rid of its manual gearbox and 4 cylinder engine, but a car like the Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 SC (which by the way, I absolutely love) could do with the help from a couple of electric motors.
Can you imagine? A V8 Jaaaaag that could actually travel more than 10 miles without needing to stop for fuel...
Well, that's pretty much all that comes to my mind at the moment. I might edit the article later if I realise I've missed something important. Also, I realise that many things happen because of marketing or because the governments want to get as much money from us as they can, but that's a different subject I'm not going to talk about. Not here, at least. This is Drivetribe, not Politicstribe. So, as I said above, I'm waiting for your ideas. Thanks for reading my article!