“The automobile engine will come, and then I will consider my life’s work complete.” – Rudolf Diesel
Well this is a quote by a person who played a major role in shaping up the automobile industry that it is today.
Rudolf Diesel is famous for the invention of the diesel engine in the year 1890. At that point of time it was viewed as the pinnacle in automotive technology. What he had invented is also referred to as “a new chapter in the history of motoring”.
The diesel engine or the internal combustion engine in general rendered the steam engine obsolete.
The motoring industry has come a long way. In a time span of about a century we’ve come from a single cylinder 4-stroke petrol motor to a 8.0 litre W16 with a quad-turbocharger. And that for a fact is a tremendous feat.
And this neatly brings me to the Bugatti Chiron which as a result of the powerplant produces a say-that-again 1,479 brake horsepower. Yeah, you got me right.
It is the perfect embodiment of what man can do when it goes one on one with nature.
But, this relentless war between speed and nature has been going on since the advent of the universe and the case is no different with the Chiron. Fact is that it would be too difficult from the engineering standpoint to come up with something more maximal.
Till now we were winning (sort of). But, now nature has held us from our neck and is saying that “Houston, we have a problem”.
What we have done is sort of taken away Johnny Polar bear’s habitat. Which is not a good thing if I am honest.
Turns out that, Baby Jesus has sent a messiah.
Well, I do believe that you are a messiah, if you have the ability to grow your hairline back.
Jokes apart. He truly is the benefactor behind the noble cause of keeping the speed machines alive.
Last year, Tesla announced the launch of the Tesla Roadster and with that it brought about something which we could call a Revolution.
It is rightly said that “History repeats itself”. By looking at it, we get to know that a similar revolution took place in the early 80’s when the computer rendered the typewriter useless.
The statistics that Tesla came up with are absolutely mind-boggling. Ones that blow the Chiron out of water.
Let me give you give a taste of it.
Tesla claims a 0-100 km/h time of 1.9 seconds. This makes it the fastest production car in history of mankind.
And what’s more astonishing is the fact that it could hit a 100 kilometres an hour with 4 seats, a pair of windscreen wipers and with Eric Clapton blaring through the radio. A top speed of 402 km/h with an all electric range of a 1000 kms.
Looks like our prayers have been answered.
The fact of the matter is that, with the Roadster, Tesla is giving out the message that you don’t have to be a fat man who smokes a cigar, with a Rolex on his wrist and 2 mistresses by his side, to experience what it feels like to travel over 400 km/h on the road.
And mind you this is the actual description of a man who can buy a Chiron, given by none other than Bugatti themselves.
Now, with the Tesla Roadster any Tom, Dick or Harry could experience that savagery with a good return on Mutual funds and even half a brain.
What Tesla has achieved today with the Roadster could’ve been easily done by companies like Mercedes or Porsche for that matter.
So, the question is why did they never see the potential of it?
As far as I know, the Roadster is made up of the technology and material that have been in use for the past decade or so. No Star-wars wizadry is used to create it.
I suppose the answer lies in front of us.
The majority of the funds used in Research & Development of a car are invested not only by the car manufacturer themselves but also by various suppliers.
And that list of suppliers also include the oil companies which are surviving because of the fact that the car components are mechanical and these components require various sorts of oils to work.
In order to stay in the game, the oil companies have been paying millions of dollars to these automobile manufacturers and to automobile critics & magazines as well, in order to delay this electric revolution which could easily drive them into the ground.
And the Tesla Roadster is the biggest step taken so far and probably this revolution might just answer the age-old question of Old VS New; which is better?
We’ll soon find out what the future has in store for us but for now, I do have my doubts regarding the Tesla Roadster, because this is the real world and it can never be All sunshine & no rain.
The Roadster then according to me, might just be gimmick, to send other people back to the drawing board to come up with something which could hold a candle to the Roadster.
I think the Tesla is more like a 10th grade science project. At the back of your mind you knew that it could leave you high and dry when it actually is show-time.
All we have to do now, is to wait till 2020 to see if this science project has balls big enough to go head to head with 130 years of automotive perfection.
– By Pranav Mehta