Ah, welcome, Ferrari 812 Superfast.
They are the new Ferrari, isn’t it? Your resume suggests, you’re super, and I have no doubt to believe that you are almost definitely quickly. Sit down, make yourself comfortable, and answer me this: how much exactly is too much? Power, I think. I always thought its predecessor, the F12 had a more than sufficient 730bhp. Then the F12 tdf had 770bhp. And now you’re sitting here by 789bhp on the table, while reassuring me that this infinite power is growth. So, where do you see yourself in five years?
Honestly, dear readers, where will it stop? Sometimes in the media, we can confidently say that a particular performance will be the end of things. The pinnacle. The ultimate. The McLaren F1. The Bugatti Veyron. And then what happens?
An everyday McLaren rocks with more power than a F1, and it’s going to be a new Bugatti with 1492bhp – almost 50% more than the first Veyron. It is time to admit that we were wrong and that it does not put an end to it. You don’t get too used to the 812 is 789bhp. Not because it represents a culmination, of the we reasonable return, but because 800bhp is just around the corner.
It turns out that the cars you see are only reflections of life, where infinite growth, power, and complexity of the higher-level trends. With due apologies to all the creationists, we were once amoeba, but now many of us stand over six feet tall. The first computers used to crack wartime codes were the size of rooms, but all together add the computing power of every war-based computer, and you barely had enough momentum to play a video of a cat falling off a shelf.
Power growth is everywhere around us, and it has been since the beginning of time. How many calories you have, dear reader, not Ferrari – they consume in a day? I would advise not to (you are looking), but I bet it will be more than the average, say, 100 years ago. The thrust of an Airbus A380, knocking aside everything Blériot, Louis, you probably would have imagined. More power to you. More Power. More lifeis as inevitable as the arrival of the morning sun.
The Average Family Car? Thirty years ago, a medium-strong Ford Escort would have 74bhp from a 1.4-Liter engine. Today, you could easily double that. As up to date as 1991, a luxury car like a Mercedes-Benz S-class with a 5.0-Liter engine from the time around 250bhp and 288lb ft. Today you can take an S-class buy with almost as much power as a McLaren F1 enough to have a Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, you feel like a stroller. The Carlton again, the world offended, and today no one is outraged that a Tesla model S can give you, in silence, 603bhp and 713lb ft.
I once asked a Lamborghini engineer, how much was too much. There is no figure, he said. Acceleration at low speed is already limited by traction, more power allows for better acceleration at high speed. And if that much speed, everything sounds a little hairy? Well, there are to deal with even more computing power and more efficiency, and complexity does not mean that it consumes the planet in a greater rate.
Well, to be honest, we’d better get used to it. And look forward, I suppose, on the day when your average family hatchback will have 500bhp.