It’s no secret that we’re moving toward full-electrification in the automotive industry. The internal combustion engine is on its last legs, as more and more automakers are making the switch toward electric vehicles. However, could legislation really take gasoline-powered cars off the road and relegate them to track-duty only? According to Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport’s customer racing division, that may be the case.
According to Reinke, who recently spoke to CarSales.au, sports cars could go the way of the sailboat. Ages ago, sailboats were used for everything; shipping goods, people and everything else. Now, though, sailboats are used for recreational activities; either for fun or for sport. Reinke thinks gasoline-powered sports cars could face a similar fate.
“I think when we talk about moving people… we used to take goods across the Atlantic with sailboats – and now we do it with container boats, but it doesn’t mean that there’s no sailing anymore” said Reinke. “There are actually more sailboats than ever – now for leisure and excitement.”
So the idea is that gasoline-powered sports cars could be banned from public roads in the future, or likely just limited in mileage per year, so that they’re only used for fun. That would make electric cars the main mode of transportation for the masses but still allow for gasoline cars to exist. So you can have your Audi e-tron for daily use but have a classic Audi R8 with a manual in the garage for weekend trips and/or track days.
Obviously, this wouldn’t happen for a long time. It would be impossible to force the public to do anything like that anytime soon. However, we’re already seeing certain European cities placing deadlines for when internal combustion engine cars to be banned and some of those deadlines are only a decade away. So we’re moving toward a future similar to what Reinke is talking about, whether enthusiasts want to believe it or not.