Dr Kong thinks about battleships and talks about two fantastic electric cars which blew him away.
YYAMATO and Musashi, the two biggest and baddest battleships the world had ever seen. Also, from a purely tactical point of view, entirely useless. With their destruction by carrier-based aircraft, the era of the big-gun battleship was finally laid to rest at the bottom of the ocean. The writing had been on the wall for a while – Bismarck, pride of the Nazi Kriegsmarine and recipient of the very best German engineering, was effectively knocked out of commission by an old, piddling British Fairey Swordfish biplane. Naval doctrine would henceforth be defined by aircraft carriers.
Battleships are old hat, and the moral of the story is that, once in a while, the very best of a particular type of technology will reach its zenith and then be rendered obsolete by a great leap forward.
These noisy, explosive fantasies of war filled my head as I zipped down Lornie Road in near absolute silence.
Remarkable, I thought, feeling the instantaneous torque emanating from the BMW i3’s electric powertrain.
All the virtues that internal combustion engineers had been beavering tirelessly to improve on for the past century and more, now deliverable immediately by the electric motor as a matter of inherent fact.
Refinement, quiet, linearity of power delivery, throttle response. All were better in the Bimmer than even the best petrol or diesel cars. For the first five metres off the line, I could swear this humble potato-shaped lump felt like it could out-leap even a current Audi RS4.
I was also enjoying, in a family hatchback aimed at the Golf crowd, levels of serenity heretofore unachievable outside a Mercedes S-Class.
Car enthusiasts will inevitably mourn the passing of the good old internal combustion