I know more about electric cars than Enron Musk, because I had an Aurora Thunderjet 500 racing set when I was a kid. It was a hand-me-down, so the steering wheel controller was snapped off, and you had to hold onto the jagged plastic stub to speed up and slow down. We had more, and better cars, too, but the original set contained a Mustang and a Corvette and that’s enough for any red-blooded kids to argue over.
Today’s console racing games are amazing. Gran Turismo lets you drive just about any car on just about any track against any kind of competition you like. However, it’s entirely imaginary. Taking those old Aurora Thunderjet 500 cars apart and putting them back together was more than half the fun. And you’ll never remember the smell of the Special Racing Oil from a Playstation game.