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Evo October 2019

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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.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

020 3890 3890 eds@evo.co.uk www.evo.co.uk evo, Dennis Publishing, 31-32 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7DP, United Kingdom EDITOR Stuart Gallagher MANAGING EDITOR Ian Eveleigh DEPUTY EDITOR Adam Towler GROUP WEB EDITOR Steve Walker ART EDITOR Rich Browne SUB EDITOR Jonathan Baker STAFF WRITERS Antony Ingram Jordan Katsianis STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Aston Parrott EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sam Jenkins CONTRIBUTING EDITORS John Barker Richard Meaden Steve Sutcliffe David Vivian COLUMNIST Richard Porter EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Steve Fowler CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John Black Jethro Bovingdon Henry Catchpole Alex Goy CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Gus Gregory Charlie McGee Andy Morgan David Shepherd Dean Smith IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT Kim Adams, Peter Allen, Will Beaumont, Bedford Autodrome, Silas Benaiah, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Rob Gould, Barry Horne, Kenny P, Nick Stafford, Str8six, Richard Wheeler…

2 min.
ed speak

WHAT IS THE POINT OF A 2000BHP electric-powered hypercar costing 26 times more than a Cayman GT4? Granted, the chances are that if you are in the position to drop seven figures on a battery pack clothed in a generic carbonfibre body you are already likely to have a car collection far exceeding the total number of cars many of us will own in our lifetime. But seriously, £2million for a car that’s related to one costing £40,000 that so happens to be one of the greatest driver’s cars you have been able to buy for the last two decades? Sorry, but the Lotus Evija makes no sense to me. I struggle to understand the appeal of a car that, until we get to experience it, offers the emotional attachment of…

8 min.
mojo rediscovered

NEWS, INTERVIEWS, TECH AND EVERY NEW CAR THAT MATTERS THE NEW FOCUS ST SHOULD BE THE car to get Ford right back into the fast hatch game. The previous version was lacklustre: it struggled for traction due to its lack of a limited-slip diff, and was outperformed by newer rivals with more tech and more power. One car in particular exposed the old ST’s shortcomings: the Hyundai i30 N Performance, which seemed to land from nowhere but was instantly on the pace, fully equipped and good value too. An ST is harder to get right than an RS, say Ford engineers, because while there’s a single-minded dynamic focus about an RS that customers understand, expectations of the ST are much broader. It’s expected to be a Swiss army knife of a hatch;…

4 min.
sting in the tail

IF YOU NEED ANY CONVINCING THAT nowhere is car culture in a better position than in the United States of America, then consider that towards the end of this year Chevrolet will offer its latest, C8-generation Corvette Stingray – a mid-engined, 500 horsepower supercar – for under $60,000, or around £48,000. Over here that money will get you a 2-litre Porsche Cayman with a few extras, or perhaps an Alpine A110, or if you leave every option box on the order form blank, a BMW M2 Competition. Great cars all, but an illustration that America doesn’t just do everything bigger, but it generally does it faster and cheaper, too. The Corvette’s new engine location will cause some consternation among the diehards, who have just about tolerated minor changes in seven previous generations…

3 min.
de tomaso returns with ’60s-inspired p72

THE DE TOMASO P72, ONE OF THE debutants at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, sees the return of an Italian automotive brand that was last active in the noughties. This new car in fact marks the 60th birthday of the firm, and is inspired by a little-known 1964 tie-up between its founder, Alejandro de Tomaso, and Carroll Shelby: the P70. The core team behind today’s De Tomaso is also behind Apollo and its IE, though whereas the Apollo is an out-and-out hardcore homage to GT1 racers, the P72 is a more relaxed affair for drivers of all abilities to enjoy. Intended as a ‘halo’ model, De Tomaso will build only 72 examples, with a base price currently pegged at around €750k (£670k) and final spec to be confirmed. Two powertrains…

2 min.
hoots mans

SCOTTISH RACING TEAM ECURIE ECOSSE, under the stewardship of Jaguar XJ13 expert Neville Swales, has announced it will build a limited run of a new, road-legal model called the LM69. But don’t go assuming that this is yet another four-figure-bhp electric hypercar, because in fact the LM69 is a homage to the 1966 Jaguar XJ13, the stillborn Le Mans racer designed to repeat the success Jaguar had enjoyed in said 24-hour race a decade earlier with the D-type. Unfortunately the XJ13 would never see competition, but its legacy stands – and now more acutely than ever upon the reveal of the Ecurie Ecosse LM69. Rather than being an exact replica, the LM69 is instead based on a theoretical version of a Jaguar XJ13 had it been in competition at the 1969 Le…