“It's in a teenager's best interest to take advantage of every opportunity to drive because it gives them increased responsibility and freedom,” state Catalina Zhao and Boot Bullwinkle from The Oracle. Not only have cars been elevated throughout the years with new productions and ideas, but cars overall have shown beyond doubt that vehicles enable us to express freedom, adventure, and more; specifically, teens have found a new identity in cars because they offer teens “a newfound sense of freedom,” Zhao and Bullwinkle continue.
Hasan Rahim is a freshman with a well known love for cars. Whereas in school, his teachers and peers see him as a studious and enthusiastic student, behind the scenes, Hasan described how he has a “deep love and appreciation” for cars. Hasan started getting interested in cars when he was about ten years old after he played the game Forza Motorsport 5. One of the many cars he saw during the game was a McLaren P1, which he instantly fell in love with. From then on, he continued to play the game daily to learn more about cars; because of this, he discovered supercars and hypercars. The Official Ferrari Dealer defines supercars and hypercars by explaining that they differ from regular cars in “design, performance, and rarity — a supercar is a world-class vehicle, but a hypercar pushes the boundaries of the possible while generally being produced in more limited quantities.”
Over the years, Hasan became interested not only in the different types of cars but also how their engines, interior, exterior, and more differed from each other. The first model car Hasan ever bought was a 1990 Lamborghini Diablo in 2015 when he was ten years old; he fell in love with the physical model of the car after seeing it solely on television. It didn't take much for cars to become an important part of Hasan’s everyday life. He spends about thirty minutes per day looking at cars, whether they’re on Tik Tok, encyclopedias, web pages, Instagram accounts, or elsewhere. Learning about cars has been a highlight in Hasan’s life where he has found “a newfound sense of freedom” because educating himself more about cars has granted Hasan a chance to look back at the world and respect the advancement of our transportation systems over the years. Hasan believes that the “freeing” feeling he receives from cars comes from “the idea that cars go vroom” and that he “could get in a car and go anywhere.”
His desire increases daily as Hasan sets his own goals of future cars for himself. In his future, Hasan hopes to have the capability to drive on the Nürburgring to achieve his dreams and learn what freedom really feels like. Teens' interests vary nowadays, although Hasan has proven that once you find what keeps you interested and involved, you’ll learn to find yourself.