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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    If McLaren is being purchased then I could see an opportunity for Aston-Martin to also be purchased as part of the big German groups' competition...It is never too late!


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    the-missile:

    If McLaren is being purchased then I could see an opportunity for Aston-Martin to also be purchased as part of the big German groups' competition...It is never too late!

    Doubt it.  They are now in very different situations.


    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Buying McLaren makes no sense for any car manufacturer in my opinion.

    Unless they plan to go electric and have something up their sleeves nobody expects (in a positive way).


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    McLaren seams to go electric. They have sent me (and other customers) a lot of questions about electric sportscars. What was shocking me they have asked if we would like to have a MCL SUV electric.


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    ALDO:

    McLaren seams to go electric. They have sent me (and other customers) a lot of questions about electric sportscars. What was shocking me they have asked if we would like to have a MCL SUV electric.


    I received this query too.

    I found it tragic, that a small manufacturer like McLaren, well known for it's superior combustion-twinturbo-V8 (I think without McLaren we would never have seen such performance gains from competitors like Porsche or Ferrari), obvioously wants to come first and play a leading role when it comes to fully electric sportscars. Smiley


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    No manufacturer can ignore EVs anymore. When a Tesla Plaid annihilates a 720S, then it is time to rethink the whole combustion engine strategy I'm afraid.

    EVs are the future, I hate to say this.


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Why invest in ICE when goverments are banning the sale of those cars in ten years time? Small, niche car makers are facing a bleak future..;


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    RC:

    No manufacturer can ignore EVs anymore. When a Tesla Plaid annihilates a 720S, then it is time to rethink the whole combustion engine strategy I'm afraid.

    EVs are the future, I hate to say this.

    Honestly who cares that a Plaid accelarates quicker than a 720S? You think anyone cares about acceleration when having fun in their Lotus Elise, 250SWB's, GT3's, ...

    Acceleration is 1% of the pleasure driving/love for cars has to offer.


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Porker:
    Acceleration is 1% of the pleasure driving/love for cars has to offer.

    Agree - I always get used to the power of a car, but corners never get old...


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Porker:
    RC:

    No manufacturer can ignore EVs anymore. When a Tesla Plaid annihilates a 720S, then it is time to rethink the whole combustion engine strategy I'm afraid.

    EVs are the future, I hate to say this.

    Honestly who cares that a Plaid accelarates quicker than a 720S? You think anyone cares about acceleration when having fun in their Lotus Elise, 250SWB's, GT3's, ...

    Acceleration is 1% of the pleasure driving/love for cars has to offer.

    I thought the same thing I'm trying to imagine the type of person who would prefer a Tesla over a 720S because it accelerates faster Smiley


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    The problem is that most people buy practical cars which are used daily. The plaid does not compete with the exotics in any way shape or form. That would be silly to assume nor would that be of huge financial benefit to Tesla, that is not a lot of competition.  What it does compete with are all the other daily sedans used for ordinary driving and commuting. This makes more sense since there is a much bigger market for these.  In that market it will do well. My Tesla took my Azera spot not my Turbo. That would be crazy.  Now in terms of small to mid size sedans my model3 rules the road and it corners like it is on rails. 
    Is it still fun to accelerate instantly- yes, it never gets old - but it is not an event to drive like a 720s or Performante. 


    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Leawood911:

    The problem is that most people buy practical cars which are used daily. The plaid does not compete with the exotics in any way shape or form. That would be silly to assume nor would that be of huge financial benefit to Tesla, that is not a lot of competition.  What it does compete with are all the other daily sedans used for ordinary driving and commuting. This makes more sense since there is a much bigger market for these.  In that market it will do well. My Tesla took my Azera spot not my Turbo. That would be crazy.  Now in terms of small to mid size sedans my model3 rules the road and it corners like it is on rails. 
    Is it still fun to accelerate instantly- yes, it never gets old - but it is not an event to drive like a 720s or Performante. 

    I bought one of these for one of my colleagues, he is not a car guy at all and was blown away by the acceleration he enthusiastically gave me the keys to "have a drive"...... I literally drove 700 metres turned round and came back, heavy, heavy, heavy, the acceleration was OK but the braking effect (presume battery regen) when coming off the throttle was horrible I had enough of that garbage in 700 M Smiley

    Whilst I was writing this I had a cold call from the salesman of our local Kia dealer who excitedly asked me to take one of their brand new EVs for an extended test drive, yes looks like they are going to be the future for most people but I will be driving ICE for a long time yet Smiley 


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Grant:
    Porker:
    Acceleration is 1% of the pleasure driving/love for cars has to offer.

    Agree - I always get used to the power of a car, but corners never get old...

     

    Haha, any monkey can go really fast in a straight line, it's just means mindlessly step on the throttle that's it.

    My 918 is still one of the fastest accelerating car there is 7 years alter. Guess how many time I launch it or play with the acceleration game?

    Going around corners fast and precisely requires actual skills, that's where the fun is. 

    Best part? Cops never set up speed traps in corners, they only do it on straights. Smiley On my commute between Vancouver and Whistler, I setup many pickups and Teslas and others into getting a ticket simply by going into corners hot, catching them and forcing them to step on the gas once they hit the straights to 'stay ahead' while I lift and cruise waiting for the next set of corners to do it all again. 

     


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    Right  Acceleration in a straight line gets old very quick, but make it uneventful, linear and silent too and I can't see how is can be amusing after the first day.

    Accelerating out of a corner with a good soundtrack and great changes however is always fun, and many times independently of the actual HP as most of the time you won't be using all of it in such corners public roads, and it's the complete experience that does it (handling, weight, sound, gears, steering, etc)

    Two very different things. Cars built for the first scenario leave me completely meh no matter how fast they accelerate.


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    Carlos from Spain:

    Right  Acceleration in a straight line gets old very quick, but make it uneventful, linear and silent too and I can't see how is can be amusing after the first day.

    Accelerating out of a corner with a good soundtrack and great changes however is always fun, and many times independently of the actual HP as most of the time you won't be using all of it in such corners public roads, and it's the complete experience that does it (handling, weight, sound, gears, steering, etc)

    Two very different things. Cars built for the first scenario leave me completely meh no matter how fast they accelerate.

     

    It's just difference culture. In America roads are long straight and wide. Their highway tops out at 60ish 75 mph. Drag racing is a big hit there so the emphasis will always be on straight line performance and stop light to stop light 'races'. Teslas are BUILT to that specification.

    In Europe, most roads are narrow and twisty, and with the Autobahn, the emphasis is more about car handling, and/or acceleration performance to 'hyperspeed'. 0-60 or even 75 mph is just getting start on the highway onramp. What happens after is important too. 

    Braking is another important attribute. For American focused cars, the car only need enough brake from the timing lights to the turn around point, every 90 mins or so. But for European or even rest of world scenarios, mountain switchbacks could be a daily thing, and those could go on for 10-15 in a row going down hill, a brake failure means flying off the mountain. 

    Heck at Pikes Peak, if one is coming down from the peak, there is a brake temp checking station roughly half way down, they check the brake temp of every car there, if your brakes are warmer enough, they make you park on the side to cool them off first before continuing the journey down. Guess what kind of cars get stopped most? American domestic ones. 


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    Carlos from Spain:

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    Two very different things. Cars built for the first scenario leave me completely meh no matter how fast they accelerate.


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Whoopsy:

    Heck at Pikes Peak, if one is coming down from the peak, there is a brake temp checking station roughly half way down, they check the brake temp of every car there, if your brakes are warmer enough, they make you park on the side to cool them off first before continuing the journey down. Guess what kind of cars get stopped most? American domestic ones. 

    And then there is the Plaid which won't even make it to the measuring station Smiley


    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    Here we go again...dumping on American made cars.enlightened I have much to write but thought better of it.broken heart


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    Re: McLaren on a winning streak

    nberry:

    Here we go again...dumping on American made cars.enlightened I have much to write but thought better of it.broken heart

     

    Last I check, Suburbans, Tahoes, Explorers, Taurus, are all American made cars, the 3 series or the Mercedes or the Porsches, Accords, Civics, aren't. 

    You really should pay a visit to Pikes Peak, it's beautiful up top. And look to the right side of the brake check station on the way down and see what cars are parked there waiting for their cool down. When I spent a week there for the hillclimb, I did 15 trips up and down driving with the tourists to familiar myself with the road. 

    My old Cayenne turbo S, can do 20 minutes lapping sessions at my track, in 30+ degree heat without brake failures. Which I did many times. That thing is not light. But it has proper brakes and brake cooling.

     


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