Road & Track June 2018

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

WILD THING The McLaren Senna is a caricature of the uncompromising sports car. It makes 789 hp, costs almost $1 million, and is named after not one but two of the most remarkable racers of all time. Then there’s the bodywork. Yet the guy responsible for those extreme looks, design director Rob Melville, conveys a different message: Cars like this are all about compromise. “Design is about solving problems,” he says. “We have to find compromises that answer the problems in a way that suits a product’s mission.” Melville took us through the crucial balancing acts that determined how this street-legal racer looks and what it can do. Engineers called for radiators to be mounted extremely high behind the doors to sufficiently cool the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Their height “was killing me, from an aesthetic…

4 min

DEAR R&T, KUDOS FOR THE OUTSTANDING ARTICLES ABOUT THE PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS [“THE UNBEAST”], DON GARLITS [“BIG DADDY AND THE DEMON”], AND KEVIN JEANNETTE [“GERMERICAN PICKERS”]. AFTER READING EVERY SINGLE WORD ABOUT THE 911 GT2 RS, TIME AND AGAIN, LIKE A TEENAGER WHO JUST FOUND HIS DAD’S PLAYBOY, I WAS READY TO SELL EVERYTHING TO BE ABLE TO SAY I OWN ONE OF THOSE GUIDED MISSILES. ED ZAHRA, DALLAS, TEXAS PORSCHES FOR THE SOUL I’m sitting here in North Carolina, sick with some sort of alien flu, and all I’ve got is the February issue with you guys blabbing about Porsches. Best day ever. JEFFREY HORTON GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA You devoted 10 of your 88 pages to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, an automobile priced at $294,250. Then, to add insult to injury, the very next…

2 min
editor’s letter

SELDOM A WEEK GOES BY that an automaker isn’t introducing its take on new, different, or better. Sometimes it’s a clean-sheet redesign of an aging model that’s lost its way; other times, it may be a subtle refresh of an existing favorite. Or, in an effort to capture a previously untapped slice of the market, it could be a revolutionary new “segment buster” guaranteed to take the world by storm. Some work, some don’t, but they all keep us wondering what’s next. The same happens in the media business, as brands endeavor to strike a balance between pleasing existing customers and attracting new ones; providing a safe haven for the faithful while remaining relevant in an ever-shifting landscape. To that end, this issue introduces what in automotive jargon would be called…

5 min
questions electric

THE JOKE GOES THAT WE LIVE IN THE FUTURE. You know, that cliché we trot out for anything amazing and tech-related—mind-blowing gifts, seemingly ahead of schedule. The telephone-supercomputer that lives in everyone’s pocket. Or how Google’s self-driving-car arm, Waymo, recently announced a deal to put up to 20,000 autonomous Jaguars on the road by 2020, for public ride-hailing. (I don’t know what’s more amazing—that goal, or the fact that, in 2018, it seems only half insane.) Or even just that recent moment one evening after dinner, when my coffee grinder broke. I cracked open my laptop, and two hours later, Amazon Prime had dropped a new one at my door. That last one thrills me perhaps a little too much. The world of tomorrow, shipped to you today! Or maybe just…

11 min
breaking free

SOMETIMES, BUT NOT OFTEN, you drive a car over a stretch of road and it does something so extraordinary, you simply have to turn around and take another run. Just, you know, to be sure. So you do, again and again. Maybe it’s Dodge’s 840-hp Demon lifting an axle as you launch down the drag strip. Or a Civic Type R—front-drive, but limited-slip-equipped—actually pulling itself into that curve instead of washing wide when you climb clumsily over the gas pedal. Spoiler alert: The new Aston Martin Vantage is one of those cars. There was a time, back when the David Brown behind those iconic “DB” initials was in charge, when Aston reserved the Vantage badge only for very special machines. More recently, Vantage has come to represent the least expensive way…

11 min
preservation hall

EVEN AFTER NEARLY A DECADE, Miles Collier still gets a visceral thrill as he scans the first floor of the Revs Institute. “Jiminy Crickets!” says Collier, founder of the museum and research facility in Naples, Florida. “Every time I walk in here, I am totally blown away. At the same time, I’m horrified as to how much of my sum and substance this all comprises, and what it takes to keep it going. As you can imagine, it is considerable.” The place is stuffed with masterpieces—the Renoirs and van Goghs of the auto world. Ten feet away, a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica gleams under fluorescent lights. Only 46 of these cars were built, and Enzo Ferrari himself owned this one. Upstairs is the first American-manufactured car to win a Formula 1 grand prix: Dan…