No matter how quick they accelerate, the Electric Vehicle is seen by most car enthusiasts as a heavy one-trick pony that brings all of the charisma of a light switch to a spirited drive.
Luckily, for those of us who find the idea of trading our LS7s and LT4s (and even Hemis, Voodoos, M159s, and S65s, we are all in this together!) for a battery pack connected to some electric motors akin to ending our intimate, multi-layered relationship with our spouse in order to better focus on an affair with Amazon’s Alexa, British motoring publication, Autocar is reporting that McLaren has their sights set on a future where we can still choose passion over a self-driving pod.
The supercar maker is apparently working on a development car that runs on man-made fuel as proof of their concept’s validity. The good news is that the beautifully complex internal-combustion engines that we have been perfecting for more than 100 years “would need only small modifications” to run on these fuels.
People already lighting torches (also not great for the environment, guys) and heading out to buy some pitchforks because this adamantly goes against their commitment to renewable energy should just stay home and save their money too. These synthetic fuels can actually be produced using solar power and could end up being even better than EVs, from a CO2 standpoint, if you include the production of the batteries in the environmental impact of zero-emissions vehicles.
Other benefits laid out by McLaren’s COO, Jens Ludmann, are synthetic fuel’s ability to be pumped and easily transported just like current fossil fuels. He did emphasize that he doesn’t envision synthetic fuel replacing electric power, saying, “It’s too hard to say with certainty how far off synthetic fuel is from reaching production reality,” he said, “whereas battery technology is here. Then you also have the potential to combine synthetic fuel with a hybrid system, which would make it cleaner still.
“I’m not saying this to hold back battery technology but rather to highlight that there could be valid alternatives that we should consider.”
This development, along with the work that Bill Gates is doing with Carbon Engineering just might save enthusiast driving.
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