OK all, a golden rule here first. Please don't let this degenerate into a debate about green issues, there is already a topic about that with very strong viewpoints. What I would like to know is: how important is the engine to your car enthusiasm?
The one thing that I don't look forward to is a silent future. I'm concerned that if or when electric or hybrid cars or the norm (REMEMBER MY GOLDEN RULE), I won't be able to here the lovely sound of mechanical interaction and exhaust. I love cars and part of the reason is the sound. The sound of a 24 F1 car grid (Super Augri was still going then) tearing into the first corner at Melbourne this year still gives me goosebumps even as I type this. As a child I recall seeing Alain Prost's McLaren and being in awe of how many and how frequent his gear changes were. I spent two years of my childhood perfecting a replica sound. Ford Sierras, wastegates whistling at Bathurst being chased by V8 Holdens blaring with a rich gutteral roar and the BMW M3s (4 cylinder) working like shrill, caramalised, overlockers trying in vain to catch up. Fantastic!
Have you ever stopped in the street as a Ferrari wails past? Get goosebumps as a Porsche thrums by, gaining life and enthusiasm as it accelerates? Hear the old Alfa or Fiat twin cam four blat by and swivel your head in acknowledgement? What about the Impezza thrum and hiss as it passes? This noise may be lost to us and I for one am saddened by it.
Do you feel the same, or do you accept that in much the same fashion as full power opposite locking your rear wheel drive sports car is no longer possible due to most cars FWD packaging benefits is something we will lose in the quest for a more efficient life balance?
Let me know, especially if you are outside of the UK as I am. (Proud Aussie, don't mention the Olympics)