I had a thought today, and would appreciate the comments of the smart folks here on it... Hybrid and electric cars are fairly primitive and uninteresting concerns these days, primarily due to the fact that they are just slapping electric motors in place, or in conjunction with internal combustion (IC) engines. They are very low performance, and are strictly in economy cars (although the new hybrid Lexus RX300 SUV coming out is a step in the right direction...) However, in the future, I see these cars going in the direction that high end dump trucks and industrial equipment have been at for decades - a central power plant providing electrical current to four individual electric motors - one on each wheel. Because electric motors provide an incredible amount of torque vs. IC engines, and because that torque is _instantaneous_ (and continuous, I believe...), we will be looking at low cost cars that are a light year ahead of the fastest IC supercars being sold today. Before we bog down in details, let me admit that I know very well that this is not coming tomorrow, and that important advances need to be made in battery technology, and that a whole new paradigm of drivetrain design and auto manufacturing in general need to created before this will occur. Nevertheless, it _is_ coming. So, presumably when this happens, supercar manufacturers will follow suit - I don't really think this is a controversial point, and I don't mind the fact that at some point in the future instead of comparing the loudness of our exhaust notes, we will be competing in terms of how _silent_ our cars can be made (PC tinkerers are already dick-sizing based on decibals...) ... so let's just assume that the supercar manufacturers follow suit, because they would be foolish not to. The big question I have is this: what happens to the value of the last 3-4 generations of a particular IC supercar line as soon as the above becomes a reality ? My prediction is that their value will sink rapidly and drastically. Older lines will maintain their value due to their rarity and value as collectibles, etc. ... but what about the preceeding ten years worth of models ? For instance, let's say the above scenario takes place _tomorrow_ - the last three cars in the low-end ferrari range are the 360, the 355, and the 348. They aren't old enough or rare enough to be considered serious collector pieces ... and they would, overnight, become technological relics unable to compete with even low end sports cars. So my prediction is their resale value would plummet. Same story if this happens 8 years from now - the last four cars would be the 460 (?), the 420 (?), the 360 and the 355 - then those would be the later model cars to plummet. You get the idea. Comments ? Please - any comments on any of the above, especially the part where I _assume_ that supercar manufacturers would adopt new technology like I described, and the conclusion I made at the end ... would your knowledge of an impending paradigm shift in the auto industry make you hesitant to buy a late model IC supercar ?