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Cars & Motorcycles
Evo

Evo August 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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2 min.
ed speak

CAR MANUFACTURER BIGWIGS CLAIM we don’t want manual gearboxes and customers don’t buy cars with them. Which, of course, is utter rubbish and a piece of miscommunication you’d associate with someone from a political party. What our esteemed industry colleagues do mean, however, is that customers of the mainstream cars they make the most profit from don’t want manual gearboxes. And they are right. Having to change gear in a car that’s had its soul expunged from every component is as enjoyable as a party political broadcast. Unfortunately, car makers have taken this data and applied it to every customer they deal with, from city-car owners to supercar drivers, with no thought as to what would make their cars appeal to a wider customer base. Someone considering buying a 370Z (yes, they…

8 min.
maranello’s own laferrari slayer

ANYONE WORRIED THAT FERRARI’S declared pursuit of a hybrid future would mean softer cars will welcome its new hypercar. The SF90 Stradale is a range-topping, 986bhp, all-wheel-drive, V8-engined, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that’s Ferrari’s quickest ever road car: it’s quicker than the LaFerrari to 62mph (2.5sec versus 3.0) and around Fiorano too. It marks the first time that the pinnacle of the range has had a V8 engine since the F40 – yet the SF90 is a series production car, not a limited edition, and will not replace any current model. It also takes Ferrari into new territory at a price point of around £400k. The SF90 name references Scuderia Ferrari’s 90th anniversary, which is celebrated this year, and Ferrari describes the car as ‘completely revolutionary’. It was revealed at a choreographed…

4 min.
the second coming

‘THE PUREST, LIGHTEST, MOST DRIVER-focused supercar ever built.’ Bold words, granted, but when they come from the man who designed the McLaren F1, they need to be taken very seriously indeed. Twenty-seven years on from the unveiling of the fabled F1, Gordon Murray is making another hypercar, and this time it’s his name that will be applied to the bodywork. Or rather, that of Gordon Murray Automotive, a sister company to his Gordon Murray Design (GMD) business that is best known for its iStream design and production system. The new car will be called the T.50, and its specification makes us wonder if Murray has been eavesdropping on our watercooler conversations in the evo office. Indeed, the legendary designer even uses the magazine’s tagline, ‘the thrill of driving’, in his press release…

5 min.
continental crusher

McLAREN HAS REVEALED THE FOURTH model in its ambitious Track25 product expansion plan. Called simply McLaren GT, it’s a grand tourer that picks up where the 570GT left off, and is a response to customer requests for an even more rounded two-seat model – one that combines supercar capabilities with attributes more usually associated with traditional GTs, such as a focus on comfort, on-road useability and increased luggage space. Despite this being an all-new model, underneath the bodywork is the familiar pairing of a carbonfibre tub chassis and a 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 – but with a suite of changes to suit the GT’s more laid-back character. The tub is a heavily revised version of that used on the 720S, and is now called MonoCell II-T to denote its touring focus. It…

6 min.
st refocused

WE CAN’T YET TELL YOU WHAT THE NEW Focus ST is like to drive – the embargo on driving impressions lifts on 1 July – but a ride in the passenger seat on some seriously challenging roads shows that Ford has a very clear idea of what the new model needs to do if it wants to earn a serious chunk of the fast hatch market. The new ST now has 276bhp, some 29 more than before, making it the most potent ST so far, but this isn’t its most important feature. What makes it better positioned to take on its rivals is a chassis now equipped with adaptive damping and an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD), which together extend the car’s dynamic reach and allow a suite of distinct driving modes. The…

3 min.
niki lauda, 1949-2019

DEATH FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH NIKI Lauda. Having given the Grim Reaper the slip countless times, the Austrian succumbed to an illness relating to his second set of kidneys. He was on his second set of lungs, too, following a transplant last autumn. ‘Whatever it takes to make things right.’ This was Lauda’s life philosophy, a time-efficient route to satisfaction – be it major organ transplant or perfecting race car setups, it made no difference: something isn’t right? Fix it. Quickly! As a driver, Niki was good, but wasn’t naturally gifted with raw speed in the style of Clark, Senna, Schumacher or even Hamilton. Rather, Lauda’s strengths were in understanding his car’s problems and knowing, with canny accuracy, how to resolve them. Riccardo Patrese, one of Lauda’s successors at Brabham, put it…