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Tesla has proven itself, but Ferrari & Lamborghini says EVs can’t be supercars

Tesla has proven itself, but Ferrari & Lamborghini says EVs can’t be supercars

In a rather rare act of solidarity, rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini have agreed on one thing: one would be making an all-electric supercar in the near future. Both firms note that electric car technology isn’t there yet to warrant an initiative to create a born-and-bred supercar.

Citing a rather dated example for the limitations of electric cars, the supercar manufacturers noted that authentic high-performance vehicles need to be capable of launching multiple times in full power, over and over again, in both straights and corners. This is a limitation that has been true for vehicles like the Tesla Model S, which is a monster in direct line races but jeopardized in cells that are closed. These issues have largely been solved in more recent vehicles like the Model 3 Performance, an all-electric car that is capable of besting other high-performance sedans on a track.

The supercar makers also mentioned that the lack of sound from a roaring V12 or a supercharged V8 is a great part of the supercar experience, and this is something that is mostly absent in electric vehicles. Commenting on faux engine noises pumped to the cabin similar to the ones utilized in the BMW i8, Ferrari’s chief technology officer, Michael Hugo, noted at the Geneva Motor Show which “we have to have a certain credibility. ”

Maurizio Reggiani, chief technical officer at Lamborghini also noticed that the big battery packs required of electric cars could compromise some of the newest ’s design elements. Lamborghinis are already very low on the floor, and the CTO noted that stuffing a battery pack on the floor would forfeit the advantage of a very low center of gravity which the firm ’s wedge-shaped supercars enjoy.

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Quite interestingly, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume noted in the 2019 Annual Press Conference that emotion in cars isn’t only about the noise that a motor makes. It is also about design, quality, driving characteristics, and the holistic experience of driving the motor vehicle. Porsche is barely a rookie concerning creating supercars either, with vehicles like the 919 Hybrid and the 918 Spyder under its belt, so Blume’s announcement could be obtained with a notable amount of legitimacy.

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It is a bit disappointing to see Ferrari and Lamborghini dismiss electric propulsion at this stage in the game. Only last week, Germany’s big three, Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler, all determined that electric cars are the way forward, signifying an upcoming industry shift. What’s somewhat surprising in Ferrari and Lamborghini’s recent remarks was the fact that the firms appeared to have completely ignored the existence of all-electric supercars that exist today.

There’s the Rimac C_Two out of Croatia, which matches and even exceeds any Lamborgini and Ferrari in terms of its explosive power. There’s the Nio EP9 that defeated the Nurburgring’s documents. There’s the Pininfarina Battista, an all-electric 1,900 bhp monster which can hit 186 mph in less than 12 seconds. All of these vehicles are fully electric.

Needless to say, there’s also the next-generation Tesla Roadster, which goes from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds at its base form. Elon Musk dubbed the automobile as a “hardcore smackdown” to gas cars, and concerning specs, it’s downright frightening, from its 250+ mph top speed, and its high trims, one of which is known as the “SpaceX bundle,” which uses literal rocket technologies from Musk’s personal rocket company. The Rimac C_Two is anticipated to start deliveries in 2020, the same year as the next-gen Roadster. The NIO EP9 has existed since 2016, and the Pininfarina Battista is expected to arrive in 2020.

So much for electric car technology not being there yet.

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