I was thinking about cars like Lamborghini’s new Aventador and Ferrari’s new FF and got to thinking about their supercar lineage. The more I thought about it the more I began to realize that over the last 20 or so years, supercars as we know them have become fat and lost most of their appeal. I remember as a kid staring up at that poster of the red Lamborghini Countach that I had on my wall. Now THAT was a super car. It was completely outrageous looking with its wedge shaped body and massive rear wing. It was in your face, excessive and oh so politically incorrect. Back then super cars said f*ck you to government regulations and spat on the face of conformity. They came at you with a knockout punch and two big hairy balls that dangled on the chin of those around them. They were sexy, devious and at the end of the day made you want to do very bad things. These were the supercars of my childhood.
Today’s supercars, although fast, are watered down versions of their former selves. Little by little the connection between the driver and the car is being taken away and replaced by electronics. You see a super car should do things to a driver that ordinary cars do not. They should excite you, make you feel invincible and at the very end they should possess the capacity to scare the ever-loving shit out of you. Super cars are about driving, they’re about the personal interaction between your right foot, your hands on the wheel and the corners that are laid out in front of you. They are about power slides, tire smoke, adrenalin and the ability to make all those around you feel inferior.
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Cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are now getting pushed aside by companies like Gumpert, SSC and Koenigsegg. These cars still maintain the rawness and the ability to frighten small children at every turn, traits that in my opinion, every supercar should have. As time marches on my hope is that there will always be a place in the automotive spectrum for these beasts, because, and I’ll be honest here, I never want to lose that feeling of staring at the Countach on my wall.