A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
We're pointing straight down runway 23 with 3,762lb ft of thrust ready to spool up. I wonder if now would be a good time to discuss fuel-economy issues with a man famously quoted as saying, "Global warming is a crock of shit."
But my thoughts keep returning to the Chevy Volt, a car which could - at least partly - be responsible for setting the whole US en route to a lower-carbon economy.
"Yeah, but the motivation for Volt wasn't purely environmental, more to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. I don't like that - it feels like they have us..."
"By the balls?" I offer. "You said it, but, yeah. Look, the Volt will be profitable in the future: the margins are calculated on the basis that it's a new technology and there may be large warranty claims, but if those claims don't come true, then it's already a profitable programme."