There’s nothing quite like putting your foot down and connecting with a big V8 engine. Hearing the snorting and growling of the exhaust, shifting through the gears, feeling your connection with the steering wheel as a conduit to the road beneath you – it just never gets old. There aren’t many things that make you feel as alive or make me as happy as piloting a car with a dynamic internal combustion engine.
But as we race towards the year 2020 facing very real, immediate, and long-term environmental challenges, the thought that we might only be driving electric vehicles (or letting them do the driving for us) is the zeitgeist of the current automotive universe. I, for one, reject this trend and still believe there is a place for the gasoline engine.