Thoughts on Cars

In a world with Uber, and in a future of electric self-driving cars — what are cars for? Which cars are the best, and for what?

If you only owned one car

Best car to own is a Tesla Model S, P100D, ie. the performance model (ideally with autopilot and full-self driving ability). Why?

  1. Free unlimited supercharging: It “feels”better to NOT pay money every single time you’re at the gas pump.
  2. Fastest speed: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds! Faster than Model 3, and faster than Lamborghini or any other sports car in the range.
  3. Autopilot and self-driving: Makes commuting 1000x less painful.

What’s the future of cars?

  1. Car as a luxury object: Buying a Lamborghini because it looks cool. The car as sculpture.
  2. Car as “driving for pleasure”on the weekends: The joy of a convertible Miata on the weekend, driving through the mountains. Driving no longer for utility (going from point A to point B), but to drive for fun.
  3. Car as a consumerist aspirational thing: The notion of having something to strive towards possessing.
  4. Car as totem of power: To flex how rich you are, and your social status.
  5. Car as hobbyist tuner thing: Modifying your car is like working on a sculpture. Building your car as an art object. To customize it is your artistic pursuit and self-expression.
  6. Technological marvel: Tesla Roadster (1.9 second 0-60 time) is insane (for a ~$250,000 car). Faith in technology, cheaper prices, and the extent of human innovation. Belief in a greater future.
Roadster 0-60 time: 1.9 seconds!!!

Car sketches

Love the sculpture of cars — like moving kinetic energy! Also the proportions of cars, their aerodynamic features, and unlimited ways to envision and design them!


Collection of cars photos I have. Perhaps this might turn into a project.

Hong Kong, 2013
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