We have finally gotten to the point where the question of the electric car becoming the main vehicle of the future is no longer an if, it is now a when, but there are still some strong hold outs and these are coming from the super car world.
Most other manufacturers have set their path to going all electric within the next 10 years and some much sooner and given the figures from the pandemic, with Tesla making a strong play out selling some traditional manufacturers, it is not hard to understand why. However, some companies feel the technology isn’t ready yet, the most vocal of these being Ferrari who have committed to the fact that they will not begin production of an electric car until at least 2025. This of course doesn’t mean they haven’t got one in the works, but it strongly suggests you won’t be sitting in an EV from Ferrari until at least 2026/2027.
When it comes to super cars, while it is easy to understand why electric is the clear future it is also hard to forget the thrill of a gas burning ride, and a lot of my generation will be sad to no longer hear a roaring V12 or V8 sitting behind your head literally exploding you down the road. If you have been in an electric super car though, it is obvious that it is the way forward, a gas powered engine just cannot compete with the speed of an electric car, you don’t even need to go in an electric super car like a Rimac to understand this, just put a Tesla Model S P100D in ludicrous mode up against a 911 and watch the Porsche in the mirror.
Let us Talk about the When
I think it is fair to say that you will see electric options from most of the super car makers in the next 5 years, with the exception of Ferrari, because most of the super car brands we know and love are owned by larger companies. The main ones I would point to are the likes of Lamborghini and Bugatti, both owned by Volkswagen, Ferrari will of course eventually cave due to being owned by Fiat who will push into electric in a big way.
I think we will see McLaren unveil and electric powered car in the next 2-3 years due to the fact that there is hype around another classic British brand Lotus, whose electric offering is absolutely stunning. However McLaren will take longer than most to move their cars over to electric due to the size of the company and the fact that Formula 1 is their main method of procuring hype around their cars.
Aston Martin I can guarantee will have an electric car that you can buy within the next three years as they have just been purchased by Lawrence Stroll and Co, which means that a massive influx of cash is going into the company and with the change of Racing Point into Aston Martin next year they will use this as a push to sell their current cars while this change over happens, they need to appeal to more buyers so this is a clear logical step.
Therefore I think that we will see most of these companies, except Ferrari, at the very least unveil an electric super car in the next 2-3 years, if they haven’t already got an option in the line up like Porsche.
Addition not Subtraction
The good news for us the Petrol heads amongst us is that most of these companies will not get rid of their petrol powered options in the near future because these cars are still prodominently bought by rich car enthusiast or play boys and most are rarely used on the track. This is importantly because if you want the fastest car then you’re going to go electric sooner and I think there will be a large market for those that want the car that shouts at everyone as it glides past you on the street for a while now.
I assume over the next ten years we will see one main flagship electric and the rest of the options will go with the Formula 1 like hybrid model where you can dump electric power when you need to show up the Tesla driving beside you on the highway.
So it’s good news and good news, electric enthusiasts can see electric super cars in droves over the next ten years while us petrol heads have at least ten years to still be able to buy a roaring V8, V10 or V12 and piss off everyone we pass with their “planet saving” garb on their t-shirts.