QOTD: Ready for An EV Performance Revolution?
Meanwhile, Ford makes a GT version of the Mustang Mach-E -- and once showed a current-gen Mustang with an electric motor and a six-speed manual transmission at SEMA. Even EVs that are meant for utility than performance can be quite quick, thanks to the fact that with most EVs, peak torque is available almost instantly off "idle".
We're enthusiasts around these parts, but we're also realists. There's a strong possibility that most, if not, all high-performance sports cars will be EV-powered relatively soon. It's not a given, but it's possible. So, too, is a future in which V8-powered muscle cars duke it out with EVs for track superiority. Hybrids, of course, will also be part of the mix -- they already are -- but I'm mostly curious here about how folks will respond to battery-only cars. After all, hybrids still use internal combustion and therefore offer a familiar experience.
The question is, are you ready? Will you miss the exhaust notes of a gas-guzzling V8? Or will you prefer near-silence and near-instant torque while lapping an EV around Gingerman or Mid-Ohio?
We ask, you answer.
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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