Road & Track June 2019

Road & Track includes technical features on automotive subjects, wide-ranging feature stories, spectacular automotive art and standard-setting new-car photography, humor, fiction, travel stories, book reviews and the most comprehensive racing coverage offered by a monthly magazine.Bonus: iPad Interactive

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in this issue

2 min
performance under pressure

A highly functional watch imparts an illusion on its wearer: perhaps you, too, will become a fighter pilot, an undersea explorer, or even a race car driver. And no other watchmaker is as intertwined with motorsports as TAG Heuer. Its trifecta of legendary racing chronographs—the Carrera, the Monaco, and the Autavia—are core to the brand and its ethos, capturing a certain glamour, glory, and precision. The 2019 Autavia Isograph gets even closer to its storied auto and aviation roots, in its most dramatic redesign since the line’s debut in 1962. The company that would become TAG Heuer embraced precise competitive demands from the beginning. Founder Edouard Heuer patented a chronograph as early as 1882, and by the early 20th century Heuer had built a reputation for dashboard clocks and rally timers, including…

3 min
digging through layers

We all love to bemoan the state of modern cars, how they’ve lost their outrageous spirit. But underneath all that polish and perceived perfection, they’re more impressive and spectacular than ever, machines that can seemingly do the impossible. You just have to dig to find the good stuff. I drove home the other evening in a BMW M5 Competition. I was sitting in traffic, the transmission in automatic mode, listening to satellite radio, and taking my time selecting what sort of massage I wanted from the driver’s seat. Purists will say M5s are traditionally brash. The E60 generation was equipped with BMW’s first V-10, and the E39 generation, for a time, held the United States cross-country speed record. Since its debut, the M5 has been the performance-sedan pinnacle. It wasn’t the first…

2 min

SUPERCARS have changed dramatically over time. From cherry-red Italian wedges to slick, electric visions of the future, we’ve chronicled every step. Here are six supercar legends from the pages of R&T. PLAYER 1: FLIP TO THE NEXT PAGE TO CHOOSE YOUR CAR. 1970S LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH “If you don’t love cars, don’t even try to understand the Countach. Its no-holds-barred, cost-no-object design is, on one hand, one of extremes and excesses and, on the other, a mobile demonstration representing the pinnacle of automotive design.” Vol. 27, No. 6 1980S FERRARI TESTAROSSA “There’s a marvelous jet-plane character to the Testarossa’s acceleration… I guarantee you’ll feel stylish as well. I remember photos from the Fifties showing Italian race drivers spiffed-out nattily in coat and tie. The Testarossa is a car very much in this tradition.” Vol. 36, No. 10 1990S MCLAREN F1 “What makes…

3 min
the gearbox nobody else would dream of

THE KOENIGSEGG Jesko is a 1600-hp, track-focused, road-legal weapon and uses a nine-speed seven-clutch gearbox Koenigsegg calls the Light Speed Transmission (LST). It’s the company’s first in-house effort, and like anything with the Koenigsegg name, it’s deeply bonkers. Unlike a dual-clutch, the LST has no selector forks, collars, or synchronizers to engage each individual gear. Instead, selection is executed purely by opening and closing clutches. According to Christian von Koenigsegg, these clutches are capable of opening or closing in as little as two milliseconds. Dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) work on the same principle. One clutch opens while the other closes, allowing for wildly fast shift times. The problem is that they can only preselect a single gear at a time. The ECU guesses which ratio will be needed next, preselecting a gear. If it’s…

1 min
daily kit

Christian von Koenigsegg is responsible for some of the most outrageous vehicles on the planet, exercises in engineering that push the boundaries of what’s possible. From carbon-fiber wheels to the new nine-gear Light Speed Transmission, the 46-year-old CEO and his company are obsessed with progress in the name of speed. We wanted to know more about his world, so we asked what he uses every day, without fail. The reliable kit. TESLA MODEL 3 “It’s the best contemporary ‘normal’ daily driver around.” ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL “A no-frills, self-winding automatic with date display, and it will work after a big solar flare knocks out all electric equipment.” FUJITSU LAPTOP “To make everything happen anywhere: design, engineering, finance, marketing, you name it.” BRAUN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH “Such a difference in mouth freshness compared with a manual toothbrush.”…

2 min
driving the data

REMEMBER WHEN you were a kid, and you’d proclaim the latest Lamborghini superior to the equivalent Ferrari without having seen, let alone driven, either? Well, despite never having laid eyes on an Aston Martin Valkyrie, I can tell you that deep into fifth gear through Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’s legendary Eau Rouge, the car kicks so much sand in the face of a P1, the McLaren’s nothing but a mound on the beach. While we can’t yet drive the real Valkyrie, Aston invited us to try the car on a simulator at the office of Red Bull Racing—a partner on the project—north of London. The cockpit of the simulator is a genuine Red Bull F1 tub, so my feet (left on the brake, right on the gas) rest almost at eye level.…