Way back in the 1990's I picked up an interest in Touring Car Racing in Australia.
At the time, there were many different brands competing, such as Holden, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Volvo, Audi, etc… but the most popular makes were Holden and Ford. They were popular because they had been around for quite a while, and used the tried and tested formula of combining a large capacity engine (V8) with a simple rear-wheel drive system.
They weren't the best, but they got the job done.
Then, one day, Nissan came along and introduced a car that was the culmination of all of their knowledge and expertise, and also took advantage of modern technology.
It had half the capacity of the V8 engines, but used turbos to make up the difference in power, and, instead of a simple two wheel drive system that the V8's used, it utilised an intelligent four-wheel drive system that switched on and off depending on what optimum handling required at the time.
It was an outstanding success.
It launched like a slingshot, could pull a G cornering, and giggled like a Japanese schoolgirl in the wet-weather conditions while allowing you to drive in a manner that would cause other vehicles to crash in the dry.
Upon it's release in Japan, the car initially had twenty-nine wins in twenty-nine races. It was so dominant in the Australian Touring car series that it was dubbed 'Godzilla' after the unstoppable monster, caused some of the less competitive manufacturers to threaten boycotts, and eventually the race rules were changed to make it ineligible for entry.
I have one of those cars now. It is one of the most incredible pieces of machinery that I have ever owned. It has gone up against the likes of 2012 exotic cars even today, and absolutely decimated them. It cost me twenty grand.
There is an expression among owners of this car: "If you could drive God, this is what it'd feel like."
It is this car that embodies everything that Jobs and Apple believe in: It prefers the use of brain over brawn, and quality over quantity, all the while creating something that is absolutely breathtaking in it's ability to do it's job. Whenever I drive it, I can't help but be reminded that, given the chance, this is the type of car that Apple would have made.
I won't spoil the story and tell you the exact model, but the smarter ones among you will work it out easily.
However, if Apple ever gets into the car business, I look forward to that day.