So the fabled McLaren F1, a supercar famous for holding the title as worlds fastest production car from 1992 until 2005, almost lost its track record to an electric family hatchback at the famed Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.
Ok “almost” doesn’t make the best story title but the margin was talking about here is just 1/10th of a second and that’s not some modern counterpart or some other exotic supercar, but all-electric family hatchback, namely the Tesla Model 3.
Heres the taps times to compare
- McLaren F1: 1:04.
- Tesla Model 3 Ascension-R by Unplugged Performance: 1:04.7
- Porsche 911 GT3 997: 1:04.8
- Ferrari F40: 1:04.8
- Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI: 1:04.9
- Lamborghini Gallardo: 1:05.0
- Porsche 911 Turbo 997: 1:05.2
There are obviously faster lap times than these cars with the current record holder being a storming 1:00.3 by a Nissan Nismo GT-R. but its still mightily impressive, especailly for a car that we only really concider to be fast in a straight line.
Tesla Model 3 Vs McLaren F1 at Tsukuba in Japan!
Change Is Coming Fast
With the government keen to start banning sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2035 at the latest then remember, there are another 15 years of development along with 15 years of infrastructure to be built.
But it just goes to show how far electric cars can go. You’ve got to remember that the electric cars we currently have in development terms are still at the very beginning of their history, so in development terms, we’ve probably reached the level of an iPhone 3.
What Future Electric Cars Might Look Like
So whilst well all miss our fantastic internal combustion enginesit will at least mean we can look forward to capable and exciting cars, Porsche have already shown us what can be achieved with the Taycan and thats only their first attempt, hopefully many more interesting and exciting cars to follow.
We think that by 2035 were goging to see cars with 500 miles of range and charge times to maybe 200 miles in around 10 minutes, with overnight charging built into the tarmac on parking spaces and capacitive charging like we already charge our phone with.
Whatever the future holds there’s certainly some huge changes and adaptaions to deal with ahead.