Re: Off topic
AK Stiles - I can do 65 in second, too, it's just at 6500rpm and it sounds like a fucking BDA engined rally car from the inside - intake manifold tuning for the win! Really must drill the airbox. I do like the idea of the RX8 though, I just can't justify the fuel costs, especially not as I'm looking at moving to working in an area with 80 miles a day commute - 25mpg would hurt, quickly.
HippyFreetard - it should be noted that cars, in terms of air pollution, are an issue in built up areas. Cars, in terms of hydrocarbon usage, are a drop in the ocean. Everyone in the UK could buy a Diablo GT and within a few years there'd be a marginal increase in oil usage (compared to air flight, industrial use, etc), and a marked drop in air quality in built up areas.
Buying sports cars is not just about getting one up on the Jones' either - sports cars are almost always safer (better brakes, suspension, more responsive handling) and for the performance, more repsonsive engines, and quite often the tech they use - five valve heads, variable valve timing, variable geometry turbochargers etc - trickle down to cars like the Fiesta Ecotec, which you can tweek for 100hp and 50mpg with a good torque curve.
The reason I drive a Puma rather than it's under-the-skin-brother the Fiesta is because it is a Fiesta - with more predictable, responsive handling, more absolute grip with a chassis set up to allow progressive breakaway at the front and rear, and the power curve of the engine and gear ratios means that overtaking is safer (and sounds better). It also has a better boot than a Fiesta thanks to having no real back seats ;-)
That said, I'd take the electric equivalent of a Lambo/Ferrari any day - all that torque, all the time. Anyone fancy making an electric Caterham with 100bhp and sub-700kg? That would be a fucking riot!
I'm well up for electric sports cars - just give me 0-60 in under 8 seconds, 100mph being easily attainable and cruisable (for where it's legal, natch) and a range of 200 or more miles on a moderately spirited run, and I'll be happy with that, as long as it still handles like a good hot hatch/GT/sports car does today.