Man, I wish I was a wordsmith like Frank.Love it!
The intro from Motor Trend's Frank Markus:
Automotive progress usually happens in baby steps. Slowly, like a white oak sapling growing in a forest. But every now and then a new car jumps off the automotive forest floor like a rainbow eucalyptus, advancing like crazy while making a colorful splash. The Air sedan from startup EV-maker Lucid is just such a car, and its level of innovation and sophistication are as fresh and unexpected as multicolored tree bark.
Nicely put, let’s hope Rawlinson does not wind up like Tesla( the man) who died broke and obscure after relinquishing his patents to Westinhouse so AC electrification of the country could move forward.So now two Motor Trend Cars of the Year have been engineered under the direction of Peter Rawlinson: the Tesla Model S (2013 COTY) and the Lucid Air.
This Musk/Rawlinson scenario parallels that between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison got all the fame and glory, some of it built on Tesla's early work for Edison, while Tesla marched more quietly onward, always pushing the limits of technology.
Peter Rawlinson deserves his own place in the automotive history books, and let's hope he gets it on a more timely basis than did Nikola Tesla.
I don't know how obscurely Rawlinson will die, but I think there's little risk of his dying broke. He dials back the pure genius of Nikola Tesla, but he's showing a lot more business acumen.Nicely put, let’s hope Rawlinson does not wind up like Tesla( the man) who died broke and obscure after relinquishing his patents to Westinhouse so AC electrification of the country could move forward.