What did I say? Time to drool over supercars again – yes, oil dipped back below US$45/barrel

What did I say? Time to drool over supercars again – yes, oil dipped back below US$45/barrel

9 months ago I said that oil should be no more than $45 a barrel. And I was right, but rather than sit here basking in my own self-lit glory, I want to put the extra positive spin on this: it’s made owning a gas guzzler slightly less unappealing. The problem with what just happened in the world (inflated oil prices and a general election) is that a) the focus is put on petrol because of its cost; and b) the focus is put on petrol because it’s very trendy for certain government candidates to have a very ‘green’, anti-car stance.

I’m not decrying having green policies – I might yet have children (the thought scares me, and should scare you, too), and I want there to be a world in which they can enjoy the sound of a V8 on full song – but for the people that buy supercars they create barely any impact as regards additional emissions. Studies show that many people who own supercars do not drive them daily, and confine their enjoyment of them to occasion trips. Indeed, the worst offending vehicles are often poorly maintained cheap diesels which are driven in rush hour by commuters who could easily be taking the bus if it wasn’t for laziness or apathy.

So, it’s time to once again drool over the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Paganis, Ascaris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Lotii, Ultimas, Koenigseggs, Gumperts, Caparos, AMG Mercs, Bugattis, and various bespoke hypercars that adorn the bedroom walls of adolescents worldwide. It’s these that give us hope; they inspire us to achieve greater things, and while many will never get to the point of owning one (or will grow out of the desire), those that do should be applauded, perhaps especially if they keep them in the garage!


9 months ago I said that oil should be no more than $45 a barrel. And I was right, but rather than sit here basking in my own self-lit glory, I want to put the extra positive spin on this: it’s made owning a gas guzzler slightly less unappealing. The problem with what just happened in the world (inflated oil prices and a general election) is that a) the focus is put on petrol because of its cost; and b) the focus is put on petrol because it’s very trendy for certain government candidates to have a very ‘green’, anti-car stance.

I’m not decrying having green policies – I might yet have children (the thought scares me, and should scare you, too), and I want there to be a world in which they can enjoy the sound of a V8 on full song – but for the people that buy supercars they create barely any impact as regards additional emissions. Studies show that many people who own supercars do not drive them daily, and confine their enjoyment of them to occasion trips. Indeed, the worst offending vehicles are often poorly maintained cheap diesels which are driven in rush hour by commuters who could easily be taking the bus if it wasn’t for laziness or apathy.

So, it’s time to once again drool over the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Paganis, Ascaris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Lotii, Ultimas, Koenigseggs, Gumperts, Caparos, AMG Mercs, Bugattis, and various bespoke hypercars that adorn the bedroom walls of adolescents worldwide. It’s these that give us hope; they inspire us to achieve greater things, and while many will never get to the point of owning one (or will grow out of the desire), those that do should be applauded, perhaps especially if they keep them in the garage!


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