We are living in the golden age of hyper performance cars: multiple hundred thousand dollar automobiles capable of launching from 0-60 in sub seconds and having top speeds in excess of sanity.
There is a positive correlation between the increased technological elitism of personal transportation and the increase of income disparity in the USofA.
In 1966, the most expensive car was the Shelby S/C Cobra. It had a list price of US $7,000.
In 1966, the avg household income was US $7,000.
In 2011, the median household income was US $50,054.
The most expensive cars in 2011...? Easily 10x, 20x the current avg income - these are automobiles clearly created for a different "class" of person.
It has always been the case that those who are most benefitting from the current economic reality can afford such moving sculptures.
It has not always been the case that a top-end ride would cost 20 years' wage.
Is this Moore's Law applied to automotive technology?
Or is it something else?