Over the years many have lusted over nippy sports cars and have longed to own one. When most of us think ‘sports car’ we imagine a sleek speed machine with a hunky guy behind the wheel and a glamorous girl by his side. But I wonder if all this is changing now.
When driving around just take a look and I think you will find that the sports car is not the most popular vehicle on the road. I am sure you will see more four door sedans, SUV’s, pick-ups and small economy cars than sports cars. Why would this be? Could it be that other types of vehicle are able to take the best aspects of a sports car and avoid some of the pitfalls that are common to the smaller speed machine? For many years the sports car was used to show off new developments and design elements by the manufacturers and high performance was ruled by the sports car. But now many of these great developments can be adapted to other vehicle types.
The car industry has now reached a point where just about any type of car can have sports car technology. Today regular cars handle better then ever before, Yes, a sports car may be able to hug a tight turn at great speed but how many of us will ever be in a position or indeed want to be able to do that. It is rare that the average person will encounter such conditions.
Not only are regular cars able to steal some of the sports cars thunder in performance they also offer many advantages over the small car. The fact is sports cars are small which makes a long journey pretty uncomfortable. There size also makes them less practical for every day use.
Today sports cars are more and more becoming the ‘hobby’ car and fewer and fewer people can afford to purchase and maintain such an expensive hobby. Most people in this day and age tend to buy vehicles that they can use on a daily basis. The days seem to be going where a person has a little convertible in the garage for fun country drives during the summer.
Sports cars were originally built with the purpose of rallies and races in mind. They then became popular for drivers wishing to have a greater performance from their vehicle and then the hobby sports car owner took over.
With the higher performance and structure of regular cars we may see the end for traditional sports cars although manufacturers will be sure to maintain a small fleet to test new ideas. Maybe the future for the sports car will be cars designed specifically to test new ideas rather than a car for the public.
I don’t think for one moment that the true sports car will completely disappear but I do believe that we shall see few and fewer of them on the road as the norm.