However, with that said I have a rant about cars and their designers.
Why the fuck are people obsessed with designing cars for use on public roads that can go 200+ miles an hour. YOU CAN'T FUCKING DRIVE THAT FAST ON A PUBLIC ROAD. Unless you like having videos of you narrated by Sheriff John Bunnell and sharing small gaol cells with hairy guys called Bubba.
Honestly, a car whose main features are a top speed of 250mph and an 800bhp engine is absolutely completely fucking useless to me. I don't care how well the chassis is balanced or how well the power is transferred to the road because I couldn't care less about that when I'm driving to work on roads where speed is limited to 45mph and there's a set of traffic lights every 200 yards.
Here are the things (in no partcular order) that are actually useful in cars for the 99% of the small percentage of the worlds total population that can even afford to own a car:
- Interior space
- Internal safety
- External safety
- Fuel economy
- Good all round visibility
- Reliability in every aspect of the car
- Low purchase price
- Vehicle handling
- Extras like OnStar and GPS
- Power when needed - for emergency situations or towing, for example
- A fuel source with waste products that don't slowly kill me and little baby rabbits
The ability to go from 0 to 60 in less time than it takes to say "What the fuck is that guy compensating for?" is utterly useless on a public road except in emergencies - and even then a top speed just shy of that of the X-15 is not exactly going to benefit anybody but Chuck Yeager or Automan.
And who exactly can afford a car that costs $250,000? Twatting sports stars and people who pretend to be other people for a living. Let's face it - unless you like living in debt for most of your life the average person can't really afford a car that costs more than $10,000, and the ones that cost less than this are basically just grown up equivalents of those little pedal cars you buy for 3 year olds or they're being held together by the power of positive thinking. Sure I have a choice when buying a car - I can sell a kidney or I can drive around in a powered Fisher Price toy.
Why oh why do car manufacturers spend so much time and resources designing cars that less than half a percent of the world's population can actually buy? I tell you what - stop charging so much for the shit entry level saloon model so you can afford to research new materials for the latest lightweight dick extension for Greedy McFatCat and instead direct your resources to something worthwhile and I guarantee you that your business will do just as well if not better - more people will be able to buy your cheaper cars and they will want to do so because they might finally be half decent.
I want a car that is safe for me to drive - that protects the occupants from harm in a crash and that helps reduce the injuries to any pedestrian that may be hit in an accident.
I want a car that uses fuel that doesn't produce harmful waste products and that doesn't need to be refilled whenever I go down to the shops.
I want a car that tells the emergency services when I've been in an accident and exactly where that accident is.
I want a car that helps prevent accidents by monitoring how alert I am and taking over if I fall asleep at the wheel.
I want a car that prevents me from driving like a moron and endangering other road users (boy would that be unpopular in the US). I know this may be a surprise to some but driving badly is not a right or freedom.
I want a car I can afford.
I want a car that starts because it should, not because the planets are aligned correctly or the day begins with the letter T.
Maybe if car manufacturers stopped wasting time on the worthless shit, this wouldn't be so hard to come by.
My two pence worth of advice for the automobile industry:
Stop making engines BIGGER, try making them BETTER.
Stop making cars FASTER, try making them SAFER.
Stop making the best models more EXPENSIVE, try making the decent ones CHEAPER.
Perhaps then you might not need the taxpayer to keep bailing you out of trouble since the car might then be something people want and can afford rather than something they need but can't.
And for the people who may inevitably respond "Well they can/are doing both so you're just upset you can't afford the fancy cars."
How far has the car industry really come in 100 years? So how is that business model doing at improving cars and making them more affordable globally, exactly?
100 years and we're still looking at average mpgs in the 20s. 100 years and we still have unreliable and unsafe cars. 100 years and we still don't have decent entry level models that most people can afford.
Oh yeah, the automobile industry is really pushing the boundaries of possibility.
No. Sorry, my mistake. What I meant to say is that the automobile industry is still catering to a tiny group of men with small penises who think going fast and having a big bonnet makes them important. 100 years and they still don't get it.