CAR UK January 2021

Every month CAR interviews the stars of motorsport, demystifies the latest in-car technology and shares our writers’ passion for car culture and car design. Discover the world’s newest and most exciting cars: join us to drive everything from supercars and hot hatches to family cars.

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meet the sort-of ancestor

The last mid-engined Maserati sports car built for road and track was 2004’s MC12. It was a glorious creation, but where the MC12 was heavily Ferrari-based, the MC20 is all-Maser. And whereas the carbonfibre-bodied MC12 was a limited edition, it’s all gone very wrong if Maserati doesn’t top the MC12’s production run of 62 cars with the new sporting flagship. Although the MC12 used Enzo underpinnings, including its V12 engine and gearbox (and shared its wheelbase), the Maserati was longer, wider and taller, and had a two-metre rear spoiler. The roadgoing MC12’s main job was to homologate the car for FIA GT racing, in line with which 25 were built in 2004. The following year, a further 25 were built. There was also the trackday-only Versione Corse; 12 were made. Winning drivers of…

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highly efficient

So this pretty little car is pretty damned good at meeting our daily driving needs. A real-world driving range of 215 miles means longer trips can be undertaken with none of the range anxiety Honda E and Mazda MX-30 drivers will endure. It took me less than a week before I stopped constantly checking the range and started feeling confident about 200-mile trips. Performance up to 50mph is enjoyably swift. With an instantaneous 181lb ft of torque (same as a VW Corrado VR6!), the Renault snaps smartly off the line, and even at higher motorway speeds it feels alert and responsive. There’s more than enough room on board for day-to-day trips, CarPlay hook-up is seamless, and the audio system is loud enough to embarrass my children on the school run. But the…

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aftermarket extras

THRUXTON DRIVING EXPERIENCES Prices vary Two award-winning cars join the Thruxton Motorsport Centre line-up, the Alpine A110S and Ford Focus ST. Both are available to drive on the UK’s fastest race circuit. Gift vouchers available (valid for 18 months). Other experiences at the Hampshire venue include Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Jaguar and Aston Martin, plus single-seat racing cars, 4x4 off-road and skidpan driving. HEEL TREAD SOCKS FOR PETROLHEADS From £10 These socks from Heel Tread are inspired by the world’s most iconic cars and racing liveries. The ever-growing collection features quintessential automotive icons ideally suited to the true petrolhead. Heel Tread socks are made in Portugal using seamless knitting to create high-quality cotton products. To get the best possible price, use discount code CARMAG2020 at the checkout. GUARDSMAN GARAGE SECURITY BARRIER From £599.99 Guardsman’s…

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winkelmann’s lambo to-do list

1 Juggle Lambo and Bugatti Stephan Winkelmann isn’t just replacing Stefano Domenicali (off to run F1) at Lamborghini – he remains president of Bugatti. With a deal to transfer Bugatti to Rimac in the works, Winkelmann needs to provide a steady hand, while also catching up on what’s happened at Sant’Agata since he left, initially to run Audi Sport before becoming Bugatti boss. 2 Get Lambo on the stock market According to VW Group insiders, plans to float Lamborghini (while keeping a majority stake) are well advanced. But as Aston Martin has shown, going public isn’t always the blank cheque you’d hope for. Given the added uncertainty of the pandemic, this may have to wait a year. 3 Push electrification forward The supercapacitor-enhanced Sian shows Lamborghini isn’t afraid of hybrids, but to keep the emissions…

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and now for the real thing

Driving the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo racer at Imola teaches you two things. One: Imola is a spellbinding circuit. And two: driving a slick-shod Lamborghini racing car is less terrifying than you might imagine. With 611bhp on tap the racer – which competes in a high-profile one-make series – isn’t any more powerful than the road car, though it does gain some straightline speed via the clinically quick Xtrac sequential ’box and slimmed down 1270kg weight. And the noise? Possibly the finest mankind’s yet made. Braking is mighty, though you need to force the pedal down with some 50kg of effort to get everything from them; 12-position racing ABS means you can really lean on the pedal, while the nine-position traction control is forgiving of an impatient right foot. There’s less aero…

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racing improves the breed: the proof

Porsche’s motorsport department is right next door to the GT division, and its engineers often chat over coffee. Those caffeine breaks have been fruitful: two fundamental ingredients of the new GT3 road car come from the 911 RSR World Endurance Championship racer. Namely, the rear wing, which uses upsidedown swan-neck mounts for clean, uninterrupted flow along its lower surface: the bit that matters. It works in tandem with the ducktail below for both downforce and drag reduction. Perhaps even more significantly, the double-wishbone front suspension design is taken from the RSR. Could the racer’s 4.2-litre engine, the largest flat-six ever made by Porsche, find its way into a future road car? Don’t bet on it. Preuninger: ‘The burn rate with the larger bore is a tough nut to crack for emissions regulations. I wouldn’t…