It’s probably taken longer to dawn than it should, but I have no doubt that we have reached peak car. In fact we probably did so some time ago. Allow me to explain. For almost all my working life I’ve wanted cars to get better and that’s what happened year after year. They both gained and shed speed more quickly andwent around corners faster,too. Which was great, because back when I started doing thisjob in the 1980s, cars were pretty rubbish and took an age to do anything.
That’s not the case any more. Today there is at least one production hatchback that will accelerate from 0-62mph in under 4sec and another that will lap the Nürburgring faster than a Bugatti Veyron managed 15 years ago. Which is impressive when you read it.
But when you think about that and the level of performance now provided by properly fast modern cars, I find it impossible to conclude anything other than that we have gone far enough, and possibly too far.