Re: Campaign for a REAL C-X75
AReader. I’m sure you’ll be cheered that this thread is generating more complex responses than ‘do we want this hypothetical vehicle?’ The debate about the ICE’s slow evolution is interesting. Obviously Toyota, GM, etc used whatever was hanging around the factory, but the choice of a reciprocating piston engine to generate electricity for the first hybrids is pretty unimaginative. Both turbines and the Wankel were touted in the past as the power source of the future, and both fell by the wayside because, as primary movers called on to deliver torque over a wide rev range, they were inefficient. But for generating electricity, that is another matter. This is why Jaguar’s (and Linkvolt’s gtrslngr!) proposal stimulates me in a way that the Prius and Volt left me flat.
On the matter of engine sound though, I do see problems. As I mentioned above, I assume that, for efficiencies sake, the turbines will spin up to a constant 80,000 rpm to deliver their charge, then cut off completely when not needed. So the rising wail of a V12, is not going to be replaced by the sound of Top Gun. But the alternative of producing an artificial engine note is abhorrent to me. This just leaves the hope that the turbines can be as quiet as possible, and we get used to savouring the sound of tyre roar and wind noise.
Lastly, on the matter of supercars, I have to make the admission that I have never got them. I have a natural disinclination to something that can’t carry luggage. When young, I sort of lusted after the likes of the Maserati Boomerang but, at the back of my mind, there was the question of when I’d reached the top and got one for myself, what I was going to do with it? Somewhere was the idea that maybe my Oddjob would be following me to Menton in an Aston Estate, crammed with my luggage, but it never really gelled. So, I never wanted a Countach poster for my wall. I have to admit that there are inconsistencies in my attitude, but I get round them by the simple method of deciding that the Miura, Bora and A8 aren’t supercars.