The founder and Editor-in-Chief of DSPORT magazine, Michael Ferrara’s publication was founded to educate enthusiasts about the benefits of the latest high-performance automotive technologies. If you want to learn how to make your car go fast, read Ferrara’s magazine.
In your opinion, what was the greatest technological advancement to come from the world of automotive?
There are actually two technologies that go hand in hand as the greatest technological advancements in the world of automotive. First, the turbocharger has allowed engines to have the best of both worlds. Modern engines can be small in displacement to provide exceptional efficiency, yet make substantial amounts of horsepower thanks to the forced induction benefits of turbocharging.
While turbochargers first appeared on vehicles in the early ‘60s, it was modern computerized engine control systems that allowed precise fuel delivery, spark control and system torque management that will make nearly every new engine design incorporate a turbocharger in the future.
What are three tech features you most appreciate on your personal car?
In my 2012 Nissan GT-R, there are two that came from the factory, the all-wheel drive system and the turbochargers. The former allows power to be put to the ground, giving the vehicle performance on par with a two-wheel drive vehicle on racing tires.
The latter turbochargers make it easy to modify and produce additional power. Keeping the engine and turbos factory spec, a host of supporting upgrade parts has allowed power to be cranked up to 640 horsepower at the wheels. The third item is an aftermarket flex fuel compatibility that allows for the use of ethanol.
Self-driving, autonomous vehicles...for or against?
There is a time and place for “autopilot” on a plane or boat. In a plane, air traffic controllers can ensure no two planes share the same altitude. In a boat, you can’t travel at different altitudes, but there is certainly less traffic than a highway.
People are inherently lazy and this is why autonomous vehicles are a consideration. If SDAVs did not share the same highways, I’m all for it. If they are to be on the same roads as conventional driven vehicles, no thanks!
What's the one piece of tech you're still waiting for in a vehicle?
A next-generative active suspension system with height-adjustability.