In the world of modern car manufacturing, a contradiction is becoming more prevalent by the day. While the branded automobile manufacturers are aiming to avoid CO2 emissions and related fines by nudging towards electric vehicles as much as possible, the same companies are desperately prioritizing the sales of high-end SUV models to maximize profit amid the current chip crisis.
The SUV Models
SUV models are inherently much heavier and less aerodynamic, and only just as spacious as their hatch equivalents. They are less efficient on-road and more polluting for the environment, especially coming with a tailpipe and other additive manufacturing materials.
There has been a problem with the SUV models regarding rising CO2 emissions. The petrol economy is exponentially worse on heavier and larger vehicles like SUVs and the demonization of diesel has been playing a part in this rising CO2 emission scenario. As per the current research data from Jato Dynamics, only luxury saloons, vans, and sports cars have a worse average tailpipe emission than SUV models. The electric SUV models are a desperate effort to offset the situation, though they’re falling short it seems.
The one question that has made withdrawing the SUV models almost impossible is their increasing popularity. Carmakers have long been arguing that they are only giving the people what they want by selling SUV models. Mirroring their justification, the data of 2000 from Jato suggested that 3.7% of all European sales were of SUVs. In 2015, the figure was 22%, and in 2020, it rose to a staggering 40%. So, there is no sign of this SUV trend running out of steam in the near future. It seems that the people of the world may be keen to save the planet, but not at the expense of their beloved high-riding SUV cars.
Jac Haudenschild, the Wild Child, is planning to end his 45-year career in sprint car racing after 72 wins at the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race. The legendary racer said he plans to drive for Rico Abreu Racing in several select events later this year. He would then retire at the end of the season.
The Wild Child Said It Was Tough to Run His Own Car
After saying that he was going to drive for Abrey a little bit, the Wild Child added that he had run his own car over the last several years, and it was pretty tough to do so. He mentioned that Rico Abreu had always allowed him to drive his car, and now that he is tired of running his own vehicle, Haudenschild could do a little racing with him.
Haudenschild will turn 63 this April, and he has driven for Abreu before. The pair teamed up in the past when Haudenschild claimed the victory in the 2018 Trophy Cup with Abreu’s car at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.
Haudenschild’s Career Was One of the Greatest In the Sprint Car Racing World
Once Haudenschild hangs up his helmet, it would be the end of one of the most amazing all-time sprint car careers. The Wild Child has more than 300 victories, including in events such as the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Kings Royal, the Mopar Million, Australia’s Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway’s inaugural Big One in 1993.
Jac Haudenschild made his debut in racing back in 1974 at age 15. He won his first sprint car feature one year later at Lakeville. It was the first of many for Haudenschild. He said he was going to miss a lot of things and getting in a top-notch race car for his last year was going to feel great to him. The driver said he was looking forward to the races in California and Vegas, as well as both the Kings Royals at Eldora. Haudenschild added that the thing he would miss the most was the fans.