No More Shed-Built Supercars!
Yes, I know innovation and ambition are the reason why we have the Ford GT40 and the Lamborghini brand. But times have moved on since then. Let me elaborate on that a bit first. You see, before Lamborghini made the Miura, their first high-performance two-seater, they started out with the 350GT and 400 GT, which were front engined and designed on the basis of rivaling the Ferrari 250 GTO.
What did I just call the Miura? A performance two-seater, since it still built on the premises of a touring vehicle. Even the Urraco, which was the first clean-sheet car that Lambo designed since the 350GTV, had a 2+2 body designed for practicality and giving concessions for customers that might have children. But nowadays we live under the impression that these cars, that didn’t crash over bumps were built only to go fast and be ‘super’. What’s more, the Espada, which was the first really popular Lambo with 1,200 sold was big ol’ barge of a shooting brake. Yes, Lamborhini was all about luxury and hated motorsport.
But what do all the Mexican, Swiss, South American or Brazilian upstarts target above all else? The innocent childhood dream of the million horsepower rocket that does 400 km/h. And the end result is… well, they might get lucky and sell 7 to a billionaire from Dubai who wants a different body color for every day of the week, but they might not sell any at all.
But that’s not really the way of the modern supercar, at least not totally. If Porsche or Audi wants to sell you a car that goes past 250 km/h they make sure to create a luxury version for wafting about, a track focused GT3, a decent four-wheel drive system and the perfect set of LED lights. And none of these things have anything to do with reaching 400 km/h. Also, a car (any car) is made great by the availability of exclusive leathers, three different seats you can have, a navigation system that’s smarter than 10 high school teachers, heating. cooling, lighting, deodorizing and anything else that has to do with your mood.
A modern day supercar can’t also brake down any more, because you won’t look by the side of the road like a 1960s movie star. The sound system needs to sound good with the windows down or up, the brakes must not overheat, the electric need not spark, the leather should not fade, the exhaust mustn’t rust in a single year and the wheels can’t be made by Chip Foose.
Can you do all that for your shed-build rocketship mister Bangladeshi millionaire who wants to turn his textile factory into a supercar assembly line? Because if you can’t, people will keep buying German and Italian. And so you’re far better off making 5% interest a year or investing in the housing market. If the biggest automaker in the world took a decade to bring something like the Lexus LFA to market, which is wonderful but by no means perfect…
Still, every year a few businessmen coming from different backgrounds come along and create ‘suparcars’ with phallic names that pretend to be better than Ferrari or Porsche at a game they’ve been doing for ages.
These vehicles might look good in the heavily photoshoped pictures they send your way, but when it comes to build quality, they come up short when you get close to the supposed $300,000 or so bodies. Bumpers that look like they were finished by special needs people and interiors pulled from other cars are the usual suspects, and everyone can spot them.
But nobody ever says the true problem is the windows don’t have the perfect tint, it doesn’t come with a Bang & Olufsen sound system, the cup holders don’t work, the ESP doesn’t have 12 settings, the seats are too firm, it’s got the wrong tires on, the chrome fades and there’s no TV reception.
Basically said, it looks amazing in the edited pictures, but up close things just don’t seems right. It’s like the artificially beautiful women you see in magazines. They look great in the photos, but they are not athletic and healthy like they would lead you to think. If you are intrigued by the uniqueness and want to have either the car or the girl on the cover in your life, you’ll end be stuck without the excitement and luxury you thought you’d get. So don’t!
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Aside from the fact that nearly all two seater GTs have zero luggage space, hopeless rear vision, terminal clutch failure every year (did I say Ferrari?) and are mostly driven around capital cities on Saturday nights thereby never achieving their design objective as a fast continental crushers or even as track day cars many of the current super saloons do the whole thing so much better. Ive just bought an A7 Audi Sport Line 250 bhp diesel Quattro. Its a phenominal piece of kit for less than 50 grand. Very fast, four wheel drive, 40Mpg, 150 mph and four seats WITH luggage space. Quite why Ferrari can charge another 150 grand for the FF is beyond me. It doesnt do any more. In fact, probably less.
Oh, and it looks bloody marvelous too, which is debateable with the FF.
LOOK AT SHELBY, WHAT THE HELL? REINVENT IT, DONT JUST PUT
YOUR NAME ON IT AND NEW HOOD. COME ON MAN!!!
HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU MAKE A 911 LOOK? YA!!! OK MOVE ON TO A BETTER DESIGN, YOU HAVE THE SAME BODY FOR WHAT 40 YEARS PLUS, YOU DESIGNED IT TO DEATH REINVENT IT.
THE SAME WITH FERRARI AND ASTON MARTIN, MOVE ON AND DO SOMETHING REALLY OFF THE WALL. SAME OLD CRAP.
THE QUALITY OF ALL CARS ARE BAD. HAVE YA LOOKED AT ANY REAL PRODUCTION CAR AS OF LATE THEY ARE HORRIBLE. THAT IS AT THE HIGH END WORLD OF SPORTS CARS AS WELL.
I OWN A CORVETTE AND THERE IS MUCH TO BE IMPROVED UPON.
70,000$ AND THE BODY PANEL WARPS IN THE DIRECT SUN LIGHT.
WHAT IS THAT CRAP?
YOU NEED SOME NEW COMERS TO THE GAME I THINK.
IT IS JUST THE SAME TOP COMPANIES YEAR AFTER YEAR.
I KNOW A LOT OF FERRARIS THAT HAVE SAT ALONG THE ROAD
BECAUSE THEY BROKE DOWN OR BURNED TO THE GROUND, AS
WITH THE ITALIA 458, MAJOR RECALL ON THAT ONE !!!!
OHH!! BY THE WAY YOUR CAR MIGHT CATCH FIRE SO BRING IT IN AND WE'LL FIX IT. DUDE 400,000 GRAND AND MY CAR BURNED TO THE GROUND.WHAT IS THAT S@%$ ?
TODAYS CARS JUST SUCK. IM ABOUT AS BIG A RACE FAN AS THERE IS AND RACE MYSELF. CARS ARE JUST PLAIN STALE AND BORING ANYMORE. THEY ARE CHEAP AND THE QUALITY IS JUST HORRIBLE. IM AN AEROSPACE CNC ENGINEER AND KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT QUALITY, SO WHY NOT LET THE NEWCOMERS JOIN THE GAME. WHAT IS THERE TO LOOSE?
THE GOOD COMPANIES WILL SURVIVE AND THE BAD ONES WILL FAIL. THAT SIMPLE.
A WORD TO ALL AUTO MANUFACTURES, GET YOUR S@!% TOGETHER. DO IT RIGHT OR DONT DO IT AT ALL. ENOUGH SAID. NO ONE IS PERFECT NOT EVEN THE BIG BOYS.
WHY NOT LET EM BUILD SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT. JUST DO IT 1000% NOT 100%
IT IS SAD , THERE USED TO BE ART IN CARS AND NOW IT IS JUST PLAIN BORING TWEEKS.
LAMBORGHINI AND JAGUAR ARE COMING OUT WITH SOME WILD
DESIGNS. THE CX75 IS AWESOME CUTTING EDGE OFF THE WALL STUFF.
THAT IS WHAT THE AUTO INDUSTRY NEEDS , OFF THE WALL NEW DESIGNS.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE NEW PLAYERS. MAY THE WARS BEGIN.