Cars & Motorcycles

Evo August 2018

Produced by world-class motoring journalists and racers, evo communicates the raw emotion of owning, driving and testing the world’s greatest performance cars. Bringing together informative car reviews, vivid photography, exciting track tests and dramatic drive stories in glorious landscapes, evo is considered the bible for performance car enthusiasts.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
ed speak

WHY QUOTE A ‘DRY’ WEIGHT FOR YOUR new car? What purpose is served in telling a customer the weight of their car in a configuration that would make it impossible to drive? The last time I drove a car without one of its vital fluids I had to do the Plastican walk of shame. At no time did I think to myself ‘Hah! Now my Giulia weighs 42.66kg less than it did before I started my journey.’ I also don’t remember a mate using the excuse ‘I wanted to make my car lighter’ when his gearbox oil made a break for freedom one night. Nor, indeed, did any of us at evo think it was a useful weight saving when our Caterham 420R decided the contents of its dry sump…

6 min.
how lamborghini will save the supercar

IF ANYONE SHOULD HAVE A PLAN to save the supercar, it’s Lamborghini. When you’re almost universally credited with creating the genome of the species, and can list Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Aventador, Gallardo and Huracán in your back catalogue, it’s only natural that the car world’s eyes should fall on you to offer a solution to a vexing problem: just how will the supercar, that ultimate symbol of consumption, 20th-century excess, and toxic, noisy emissions, survive in the antiseptic, electrically charged world of the mid-21st century? “A hybrid V12 is set for the all-new Aventador, and Lamborghini will have an all-electric supercar by 2026” Lamborghini’s plan encompasses both short-, mid- and long-term strategies, and driving it all is a wish to understand what it is that drives customers to buy its cars,…

3 min.
ferrari sp38 deborah

“We’ve seen cars like this before, such as Clapton’s SP12, and this is Ferrari’s latest bespoke rendition” THIS IS THE FERRARI SP38 DEBORAH, A bespoke commission designed, engineered and constructed by Ferrari for one very lucky customer. It’s becoming increasingly fashionable for high-end manufacturers to appeal to the 0.1 per cent, and like couture fashion or the hottest residential architecture, ‘bespoke’ is all the rage for the privileged few at the top. It’s not surprising, then, to see a supercar marque such as Ferrari responding to requests from its wealthiest customers and building single or super-low-volume models under its One-Off programme. We’ve seen cars like this before, such as the SP12 EC (built for Eric Clapton), which was based on the 458 Italia and took direct design references from the 1976 512…

1 min.
nürburgring 24 hours in numbers

135: laps completed by the winning Porsche. 912: race number of the winning Manthey-Racing 911 GT3 R. 12 outright victories for Porsche at the N24. 210,000 spectators. 500 drivers in 148 cars (43 of which were Porsches). 106 classified finishers. 70 minutes of the race were left to run when the winning Porsche took the lead. Two hours: stoppage due to fog. Sixth Nürburgring 24 Hours victory for Manthey-Racing. 2011: the last time Porsche won the N24. First victory for Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet, Richard Lietz and Nick Tandy. Five minutes: lead held by the Black Falcon AMG GT3 before the race was red-flagged due to fog. 15.77 miles: length of the N24 lap. 8:09.1: lap time set by Laurens Vanthoor, Romain Dumas, Earl Bamber and Kévin Estre to secure…

1 min.
the evo track evening season is go!

evo recently hosted its first track evening of 2018. Held at Bedford Autodrome on 11 May, the event was fully subscribed, ensuring the pitlane was a hive of activity. A diverse array of cars was in attendance, all of them ready to blow of f their dusty winter coats on the 2.8-mile South West Circuit. A strong showing of Bavarian-born metal, including an M2, an E46 M3 and track-prepared M4s, was bolstered by BMW UK – our trackday season partner for the year – displaying its brand new M3 CS in the paddock. It’s here that guests shared their experiences of the trick y direction changes posed by the Palmer Curves and Pif-Paf complexes, all to the tune of hot pinging brakes, creating the community atmosphere that completes evo track evenings. Out on…

3 min.
20 years of evo

Tell us your earliest evo memory I suppose it would be my interview with John Barker and Dickie Meaden. I was pretty nervous, but within minutes it became a relaxed chat about cars we loved, events we wanted to go to and the amazing roads I’d read about in previous issues. It was great. Afterwards I told my girlfriend that it was ‘in the bag’. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. Fortunately, nine months later they saw sense… What was the first car you drove for evo? I seem to remember that my mum gave me a lift to evo Towers on my first day – which was the Monday after Dickie’s 30th birthday bash. I foolishly arrived for 9am; they mostly rolled in at 10ish looking half-dead. Turned out this…