So, assuming cars keep accelerating at the same rate, April 11, 2079 is when the 400mph barrier shall be broken. Sixty years’ time. Should be a good day, assuming the human race is still in existence at that point.
And if the notion of a 400mph road car—a car that could cover nearly 180 meters in a second, a car that could theoretically, at full chat, circle the equator in just two-and-a-half days—sounds absurd, remember that 60 years is a long time in the automotive world.
Sixty years ago, after all, the Aston Martin DB4 GT was just edging past 150mph (241kph). Back then, would the thought of a road car nudging 300mph within six decades would not have sounded even more implausible than a 400mph, license-plate-wearing car seems today?
2079, mark our words. It’s going to happen. Of course, there’ll be the small matter of finding a piece of road long enough to get to 400mph. But hey, Bugatti and Koenigsegg and the rest have got a bit of time to call around local tarmacking firms to find some competitive quotes. They could all pitch in together, keep costs down.
And then there’ll also be the small matter of finding a driver daft enough to keep whatever-it-is pinned to 400. But our own Ollie Marriage is a fit lad. True, he’ll be over 100 years of age in 2079, but we reckon he’ll still be up for it.
We suspect a proper statistician might tell us our sample size is too small, or we’ve forgotten to carry the one, or we’re fundamentally too stupid to attempt this sort of mathematical crystal-ball gazing. But if you think you can do so much better, Professor So-Called Brian Cox, hit us with your equations in the comments section below.
As a bonus, our Nobel-worthy maths also allows us to calculate precisely the date the 300mph will be broken, too. November 12, 2029. A Monday, conveniently. We’ve already booked the day off work.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.