By Dumi Xaba

The era of the mighty V8 is hastily coming to an end. A new dawn, based on the theory of Alessandro Volta and Gaston Plante, is overtaking every form of mobility.
Camille Alphonse Faure would have never imagined it would be possible not only to light a train carriage but actually move the entire train on battery power.
I have selected two most advanced electric-and petrol-powered beasts and set
them side-by-side to dissect advantages and disadvantages of combustion vs battery power.
For this exercise, I have compared the SSC Tuatara with the Rimac Nevera.

SSC Tuatara
The SSC Tuatara is produced in North America’s SSC motors, formerly known as Shelby Supercar Inc. in collaboration with Jason Castriota. The first prototype was powered by a 6.9L Twin turbo V8 engine.
The production model will be powered by a 5.9L V8 with the ability to redline at a whopping 8.800rpm. This is totally insane engineering. This motor is paired to a seven-speed CIMA robotised automated manual gearbox.
The results are a staggering 1,000Kw of power on normal fuel or 1,300Kw on E85 ethanol. 0 to 100 is rated at 2.5 seconds while accelerating to a top speed of 483km per hour, which will surely land you in C-max prison, if driven on public roads.
It takes the shape of all the hypervelocity cars that it competes with, like the Koenigsegg, Hennessey Venom, Bugatti Veyron and the Mclaren Speed tail. This is obviously due to counter aerodynamics and keep the vehicle from flying and being able to break.
The hyper sports car has three driving modes: Sport, Drag and Lift. Lift can be used on uneven roads to protect the car’s undercarriage.
There has been some disputes on the top speed. And two companies varied the third test run at around 475km/h. If you are a petrol head and an addict to a V8 sound, this is that kind of a car. But there is no sound measurement in the exhaust db. Being from Shelby, I expect it to be insanely loud from those snakes like customised sound pipes.
Although you will be extremely popular with petrol attendants due to the known Gluttony of the V8 engines, there are petrol stations in every corner of the country with an average filling time of five minutes. All these benefits will set you back around R32 Million before taxes and import duties.

Remac Nevera
This steed is from RImac Auto-mobile, based in Croatia, popularly known for its Pininfarina Batista.
Some years ago, battery power was associated with sluggish cars that could hardly keep up with bicycles. As the name suggests, this is a quick, sudden and mighty Mediterranean wind.
This beast has been designed and hand-crafted in Croatia. Just like the wind, there is no rumbling V8 sound – only the screeching Micheline 20s Pilot tyres!
This beast is powered by two motors. A 226Kw at the front and a 450Kw rear motor paired to two single-speed electric motor gearboxes. The result is a whopping 1.427Kw of power and torque is quoted at 2.360Nm. The results are an acceleration of 0 to 100 in 1.9 seconds. O to 300km/h in 9.3 seconds to a top governed speed of 412km/h.
An average driver without advanced training will not be able to handle this kind of acceleration. To keep this naughty beast in check, you are treated to advanced hydraulic ceramic brakes. The light weight carbon fibre and aluminium body keeps the weight down for better take-offs and stoppages.
Production has been limited to only 150 units. As to how much the car costs, you would think it is an ambitious goal to sell the entire 150 units.

Advantages and disadvantages
Advantages and disadvantages of combustion engine vs electric motor combustion vehicles converts only 40% of gas into energy. This means for every litre used, less than half a litre is actually converted into energy. Battery-powered vehicles convert around 85% of power into real mobility energy. Combustion engines have a ton of moving parts hence they tend to be unreliable. EVs are extremely efficient, with less moving parts. As such, they are more reliable. Combustion vehicles have an extensive network of technical support. EVs are a fairly new technology, with only a handful of dealer technicians.
Combustion vehicles have a well-established refuelling station throughout the land. EVs have a limited network of charging stations, mostly in big metros. Combustion vehicles can be operated in all parts of the country without any hustle. EVs are well-catered for in developed countries, and there they are mostly used in cities. Combustion vehicles have an expensive maintenance cost over time due to wear and tear of the moving parts. EVs have less moving parts and the predicted running costs are less
Combustion vehicles are not reliant on electricity supply. EVs, especially 500Kw charging, will need a reliable electricity supply. Combustion vehicles released are well-known for their harmful gas emission to the environment. EVs, on the other hand, run clean, but electricity generation is a dirty business in Africa.
In conclusion, it will be impossible to fully implement the EV mobility network in Africa. Range will always be an issue. Also, electricity is a luxury in some parts of Africa. Metro commuting might be possible, but generally for now the V8 will remain the king of the African jungle

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