Say goodbye to technology
High Technology is leaving our cars, as we speak.
It was way back in the early 1980’s when electronics really became an integral part of our automobiles. At the time electronic control systems for engines started to turn it all around for cars. That new, at the time, technology brought great efficiencies to the products. It also single handily saved the high performance car as we know it today. In 1983 for example the top of the heap BMW 3 series had a state of the art straight 6 engine that was more than adequate for the time at 148 horsepower. A 1983 Porsche 911SC was “THE” sports car to have with 204 horsepower on tap.
The BMW 328i of today uses a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and does things you wouldn’t even consider trying in the 83’ 320is. The highly praised and coveted 2013 Porsche 911S, using just 400 horsepower will run numbers on track that rival some of the exotic race cars of 1983. That has been mostly due to electronic technology. Yes, some mechanical and materials improvements have helped, but I’d say just in terms of performance gains in 40 years? 95% of it is due to electronic technology. Don’t get me wrong. I love both of those older cars. I owned a 1983 SC that I miss yet today and I and Preston Miller (of BMW 2002 racing fame) bombed around all over Dearborn Michigan looking for trouble in his warmed over 320is. It was a great car.
But I also refuse to pine-on about the good old day’s. The fastest, best handling, safest, and BEST automobiles ever built, are being built today. And anyone that wants to dispute that is kidding themselves.
I’ll miss “these day’s” too because the technology is going away...Tune in to the next post to see why.