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The 2030 ban on ICE cars: is this the end of the supercar?

The 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles has sent shockwaves throughout the motoring industry. Should petrol heads, classic car fans and supercar junkies be nervous about the future of the supercar?


We have assembled a list of some of the fastest cars in the world right now to see how electric supercars fit into the high-end of motoring:


Bugatti Chiron Supersport



SSC Tuatara



Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut



Hennessey Venom F5



McLaren Speedtail (Hybrid)



Rimac Nevera (Electric)




Aston Martin Valkyrie (Hybrid)




Koenigsegg Regara (Hybrid)



As you can see, 4 out of 8 of the cars on this list are hybrid or electric supercars. After the release of the Rimac Nevera, Top Gear's Chris Harris tested the electric newcomer against the Lamborghini Aventador.


With a blistering acceleration of 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds, the Aventador was left in the Rimac's dust. Harris advised supercar manufacturers to "give up on the acceleration and speed race" because "there's no catching up".


Lamborghini are a ways behind Rimac in bringing out a fully-electric supercar, with the first one being unveiled in 2028. However, Lamborghini have stated that 2022 will be the last year that a fully petrol-powered supercar will be released as they move towards an electric future - with $1.8 billion being invested in a four-year plan.


It's not all bad news for the Aventador after being defeated by the Nevera, however. Lamborghini will be bringing out a hybrid version of the fan-favourite in 2023, as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the Huracan and Urus by 2024.


Porsche


The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S raced around the Nuremberg ring in 7m33.35s, beating the Tesla Model S Plaid's 2021 record. Porsche are committed to bringing out electric models, intending to add a luxury SUV with a 400-mile range.


Ferrari


The Italian motoring juggernauts are already reaping the benefits of committing to an electric future. Ferrari's profits have already seen an increase after making the most of the electrification of the motoring world after making their Maranello plant a hub for non-ICE vehicle production.


The plug-in hybrid Ferrari SF90 Stradale can do 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and they look to be fully electric by 2050.


McLaren


McLaren currently offer the McLaren Artura, a hybrid made of carbon fibre that is described by Executive Chairman Paul Walsh as the "next generation hybrid supercar. A distillation of everything we've ever learned."


However, CEO Michael Leiters has not yet committed to bringing out fully-electric supercars, instead focusing on sports saloons and SUVs.


Final thoughts


The future of motoring is electric, but that doesn't mean supercars will cease or that they will be any less impressive. On the contrary, no one has ever seen a car accelerate like the all-electric Rimac Nevera and almost all luxury car brands are committed to electrification as we head closer to the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles.



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