Breaking free of the swarm of autonomous currents, setting one’s own course, experiencing the pleasure of authenticity beyond efficiency.
Maybe there actually is something like hoping the end will come soon—or at least that’s what I start to think on hearing the same thing for the third time at a trade fair or a car show, when young bloggers, journalists, or TV reporters pose what they think is a surprisingly daring question about the future of sports cars. It’s a variant of “Why should we continue to race cars?” To their way of thinking, sports cars will soon be fossils in a world of electric, self-driving cars.
The answer is easy, and for the same reasons as in 2018. It’s fun. There’s pure joy in speed, in physical forces, in what the car can do (if it’s a
Breaking free from the swarm of autonomous currents. Setting one’s own course. Experiencing the pleasure of authenticity beyond efficiency. Sports cars embody all of these things—now and in the future as well. What might change over the next few decades is how cars communicate with us via sound. In two respects. Either the pursuit of racing lines will become a Zen-like affair, nearly soundless but extremely dynamic, or the “technology of the impossible” will generate new resonances that tell me how fast, critically, or ideally I’m moving.
Henry Ford, Ferdinand
What exactly the sports car of the future will look like is a question of possibilities. But it’ll clearly be something extraordinary. A form that adds an exclamation mark to function. The sports car will probably also be a Level 6 or Level 7 vehicle. Autonomous and hyperconnected. It’ll probably be able to follow racing lines in the driving styles of popular racing robots or human race-car drivers. But it will have a steering wheel. The option at any time to drive oneself. The sports car of the future will continue to offer the promise of extreme performance. And its exterior will reflect that. The
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Mauer, fifty-five, has directed