Car and Driver September 2018

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FAST AS YOU Some prankster switched my subscription to Corvette and Driver. Is Car and Driver still available? Can you please switch me back? —Dan HitchcockBothell, WA As a new owner of a 2018 Corvette Grand Sport, I thoroughly enjoyed the article on the ZR1 at the Texas Mile [June 2018]. However, I was perplexed to read about the unpleasant petrochemical smell in the interior. My new Corvette sits in the Arizona heat and I absolutely love the interior smell! I even open the windows of my 2000 Camry that shares the garage with my Corvette so that the smell will seep into it. I find it downright intoxicating. Of course, it could have something to do with the fact that when I was a kid in the ’50s and early ’60s, I…

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explained: high and low

Your June 2018 article titled “Turbos Are Red Hot” explained almost every aspect of turbos currently available with the exception of sequential turbos. Will you kindly rectify this? —Andrew MacAdam, Littleton, CO A sequential arrangement typically uses two unequally sized turbochargers to optimize low-end response and top-end power. The smaller turbo spools up quickly to provide boost at low engine speeds. As rpm climb, the increasing flow of exhaust bypasses the small, restrictive turbine and spins the larger turbo fast enough to provide boost for peak power. Sequential turbocharging had its performance-car moment in the ’90s but fell out of favor due to packaging complexity and cost as manufacturers reduced turbo lag by other means, such as lighter impeller wheels, better bearings, twin-scroll and variable-geometry turbines, and twin (parallel) turbocharging. Today, sequential…

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20 questions for 2019

1. WHEN WILL EVs AND CHARGING STATIONS REACH CRITICAL MASS? Within the next 10 years. Americans bought fewer than 19,000 electric vehicles in 2011—their first year of meaningful sales—but that number has risen steadily every year since then. In 2017, we bought just shy of 200,000—accounting for a whole 1 percent of new-car sales. The past few years have seen a corresponding bloom of new charging stations—Tesla’s proprietary Superchargers and the CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System DC fast chargers favored by other manufacturers. The best-known purveyor of CCS units is Electrify America, the company created in the wake of Volkswagen’s diesel settlement. As of press time, there were 1724 CHAdeMO locations, 1265 CCS stations, and 402 Supercharger outposts in the U.S. Currently, most charging stations are concentrated on the coasts, where EVs…

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john phillips

In the face of careless driving, whatever happened to indifferent cursing? You know, cursing without the shopworn F-bomb? When a truck backed into the grille of my mom’s Cadillac, she said, “Well, isn’t he fresh?” At the time, I believed it was her only curse apart from “Jesus, Johnny,” which she uttered so often I thought I had dual first names. Mind you, at the time, I also thought that Labor Day—all those picnics, you know?—was meant to celebrate women about to give birth. My father was a navy vet, so he surely possessed piquant profanity. Yet during his road rages, the worst he ever shouted was “Cowboy!” and, once or twice when his entire nervous system immolated, “Jackass.” I tried to explain to him that those words were not by…

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daniel pund

I’m not feeling well. To my right, out the rear-side window of a Chevy passenger van, I can see pinpoints of white light floating along, like tiny holes in my vision. I look over to the left and they’re not there. I glance back to the right and, dammit, they’re still there, twinkling. I choose to stop looking to my right. I’m blaming the 20 hours of flights it took to get to this spot in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the single driest, starkest place I’ve laid my now failing eyes on. I’m certainly dehydrated. My brain might be launching itself into a migraine with aura. Maybe I’m stroking out. I pray I don’t catch a whiff of burnt toast. I choose not to mention any of this…

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ezra dyer

Welcome to my THEODORE talk. It’s like a TED talk, but longer. You won’t be bored, though, because I’m going to address a subject that nobody ever thinks about: the future. Specifically, the future of driverless cars. Step inside my mental VR, where you’ll take trips in which you don’t “drive” at all. I know it sounds like fantasy, but I predict that this scenario will be possible within five years. I call this historic moment the “disruption eruption,” and, yes, I trademarked that, just like Pat Riley did with “three-peat.” We begin our trip near an office building, at a social rideshare convergence zone. This is where travelers gather to await the arrival of a MegaCar, a large shared-mobility device that can transport perhaps 40 riders. This kind of efficiency…