That scientists are able to pack the computing ability of an early Cray super computer into a chip smaller than a fingernail is nothing short of a technological marvel. The same can be said when automakers leverage that ever-growing computational power to refine and improve the performance of a sports car. Launch control! Adaptive dampers! Super variable magic steering control! Superturboincabulator! Insert imaginative technical jargon term here!
These computerized cars, like the Nissan GT-R, might be incredibly quick, but they don’t necessarily exhibit the same character; the same purity; the same “analog” interface, wherein man feels as if he’s directly connecting with the road surface and directly communicating with the vehicle. The folks at Britain’s Evo magazine apparently agree, and stacked up eight so-called “analog super cars,” including a McLaren F1, Ferrari F40 and F50 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4, SV, Porsche Carrera GT, Noble M600, and the Pagani Zonda F. An eclectic grouping, for sure, but certainly an exciting set of cars to sound off on.
Speaking of sound, you’ll want to make sure your speakers are cranked high, for as good as Evo’s video is to watch, the noise emanating from these dream machines at wide-open throttle — especially that McLaren F1 — will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.