The Chevrolet Bolt isn't a performance car, but you wouldn't realize that judging by its lead engineer's garage. Josh Tavel, the man behind the Bolt, where he talks about his automotive history, and in the process, earns the respect of car enthusiasts everywhere.
Tavel told the Detroit News' Henry Payne that he started riding dirt bikes in kindergarten and that by the time he was 14, he was driving his family's 1978 911 Turbo. He was autocrossing by age 15, and his first car was a Porsche 944. One story in particular, though, reveals the depth Tavel's love for cars.
"When I was 3 years old, my parents say I would sneak out the screen door into the garage and sleep under my Dad's Trans Am," said Tavel. "Cars are a a magnetic thing for me."
Tavel's garage today is deeply impressive too. He gives the Detroit News the full list.
"[I've got a] Chevy Bolt, Spark, Yukon. A Spec Racer Ford, and 1970 Datsun 240Z E-Production SCCA race car. I'm starting [to build] a Corvair—a highly modified Corvair. And I also have two Corvettes in the garage. A fixed-top coupe and a C6 Grand Sport which is my Dad's."
This probably explains why the Bolt is surprisingly quick to 60 mph, despite its environmentally-friendly pretensions. Or it's all down to electric torque. Either or.
If Tavel's the sort of person behind the electric cars of the future, we as car enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to.