What Is The Deal With Hybrid Supercars?
There has been much media attention this week, focussed towards Porsche's unveiling of the Porsche 911 RSR – a supercar which doubles as a hybrid. The notion of a hybrid supercar is a paradox – why create a dichotomous amalgam out of zero emissions and a carbon footprint of sasquatch magnitude: is this merely high-level flimflam, aimed at pandering to the climate change issues which place such a premium on being an environmentally conscious facet of industry?
It would seem like a great extent for a car manufacturer to go to, in order to curry favour with an increasingly rigorous world view, perpetuated by political rhetoric, but then we are talking about one of the world's premier supercar manufacturers, which doubtless has a PR budget that could clear a small country's national debt. There is only one logical explanation for the development of a hybrid supercar, and that is the pre-emption of future government legislation.
There is no denying that pollution is a problem both cumulative, and sporadic. Whilst pollution is the result of many contributors, and not just the auto industry, it is true to say that where there is an increased density of industry there is an increased density of pollution. Is it relatively safe to assume then, that government legislation will eventually lead to nothing but zero emissions vehicles being granted access to city centres? There is already a congestion charge waver in the City of London, for anyone with a vehicle that produces less than 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
Taking this into consideration, it seems logical that the hybrid supercar is the ultimate future solution for wealthy people that want to use their high performance vehicles for commuter purposes. The idea of leaving the Bugatti Veyron in the drive, and saddling up in the utterly utilitarian hybrid or EV, is probably the stuff that nightmares are made out of for someone for whom money presents no boundary.
And envy aside, is there any reason why a high earner, who contributes vast amounts of tax revenue to society, should have their lifestyle compromised? Choosing between a supercar that is not allowed into the city and a supercar that is allowed into the city is unlikely to be a difficult decision for a wealth individual who just wants an uninterrupted, door-to-door journey to work. The prediction is that all supercar manufacturers will start to follow the example set by the Porsche 918 RSR, with hybrid functionality eventually being integrated into every car, irrespective of performance.