Cars & Motorcycles

Evo April 2019

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

2 min.
ed speak

WHAT MAKES A CAR A LEGEND? Are there any hard and fast rules to be adhered to? Is there an application process they must go through? Ultimately, who has the final say on what should and should not be classed as a legend? That’s an easy question to answer: you do. Cars are emotive objects. They mean different things to different people, and in my eyes, at least, there isn’t a wrong answer (although I would need a lot of convincing about the MGF). Whether you champion a Golf Rallye G60 as the greatest ever rally car, or McRae’s WRC97 Impreza as a rallying legend, it really doesn’t matter. If the mere thought of it quickens your heart rate or the slightest glimpse stops you dead in your tracks, it’s special. Being a legend means…

11 min.
eye of the huracán

NEW MID-ENGINED SUPERCARS ARE still big news, anticipated as greatly by potential new owners as they are by poster printers and those with social media accounts that trade on, well, trading supercars. Despite the perception that performance has never been so accessible – we live in the world of the 400bhp hot hatch and 600-plus bhp supersaloon after all – to so many the lure of a new mid-engined supercar remains as strong today as it did when Lamborghini proved its Miura was as devilishly rapid to drive as it was delightful to look at. In the world of supercars some things never change, or rather some manufacturers don’t deviate from an unbreakable formula. Some may put forward the argument that the design of Lamborghini’s mid-engined cars of the 21st century has…

5 min.
team players

FROM 1972 TO 1986 AND ACROSS 53 INDIVIDUAL chassis numbers, the John Player Special tobacco brand revolutionised sports marketing and also adorned some of the most iconic racing machines ever to be produced. With the launch of a new book on the subject – Black & Gold, The Story of the John Player Specials by Johnny Tipler – supported by a gathering of 15 JPS Formula 1 cars at the new Classic Team Lotus HQ at Hethel, Norfolk, we talk to Clive Chapman, son of visionary Lotus founder Colin, about the cars that mean the most to him. Lotus 72 chassis no. 5 1970-1975 The JPS livery debuted in 1972, although the car that sported it, the Type 72, had already been racing since 1970, when Team Lotus’s lead driver, Jochen Rindt,…

5 min.
open champion

IN THE END, IT’S ALL ABOUT ONE LITTLE button. The one down between the LT’s flab-free, vice-like bucket seats; the trigger that operates the electrically powered roof mechanism, right? Nope. Well, not for me at least. For me it’s a different button. Yes, the provision to lower the LT’s roof will tempt many. It’s obvious why Spider versions of supercars are so popular, isn’t it? It’s that ability to combine immense performance with the sun’s unfiltered rays and the rush of sweet, fresh air battering the follicles at some illicit mach number. Not to mention that the supercar – and let’s be honest here – is an unmatched ego-boosting trinket for many, and if you can be seen to the outside world more easily, then that’s mission accomplished before you’ve even…

3 min.
next m3 to go 4wd

BMW’S NEW M3 IS SCHEDULED TO debut later this year at the Frankfurt motor show, but this hasn’t prevented Carsten Pries, BMW M’s head of product planning, confirming the powertrain that will be used to power the M division’s rival to AMG’s C63, Audi’s RS4 and Alfa’s Giulia Quadrifoglio. Debuting in the new X3 M and X4 M SUVs is an all-new 3-litre, twin-turbocharged straight-six mated to an eight-speed double-clutch gearbox and the company’s latest xDrive all-wheel-drive system. And once the X-cars appear on the roads later this year, BMW M will turn its attention to readying the new M3 with the same powertrain. Yes, this does mean the next M3 is to be four-wheel drive. Sorry about that. The new straight-six will, like its rival AMG V8, be offered in two…

1 min.

‘A new platform is like a person: you have to learn it, understand it and know what makes it tick. Then you can develop it, chip away at it and make the most of what it offers.’Matt Becker, chief engineer – vehicle engineering, Aston Martin UK’s biggest-selling car of 2018: Ford Fiesta 95,892 Job losses announced at JLR 4500 312 laps of the Bathurst 12 Hour race completed by the winning 911 GT3 R Weight of badges on an Aston Valkyrie lightweight 3D-printed badge (standard badge: 98g) The number of TT ‘20 Years’ editions Audi will produce 999 53% The increase in UK Lamborghini Huracán sales for 2018 compared to 2017…