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Road & Track December 2014 - January 2015

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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4 min.
editor's letter

The nightmare came as I crested the hill: a single police cruiser in the parking lot of a small-town church, along with a Ferrari, a Dodge Viper, and a smattering of the other performance cars from our drive group. As I watched the officer exit his car, my heart sank. This was the first day of our weeklong look at the year's best fast cars, and it appeared we were all about to pay the price. R&'s Performance Car of the Year is a fantastic test, but it's not without challenges. Our initial casting call included every new car with sporting intent that was released or revised over the past year, plus one or two stragglers that will be available by year's end. That early list, a whopping 30 machines, was…

4 min.
your turn: letters to road & track

Dear R&T, Jack Baruth got a lot wrong in "On the Brink" [September 2014]. To start, marque clubs have used in-car instruction since before the Nineties. That was the norm when I started doing Porsche Club of America track events in 1974. Next, clubs like PCA and BMWCCA have instituted instructor training to help with the skills required to be in the right seat. I am sure others have addressed this need as well. Baruth makes no mention of these programs. And, lastly, when you look at the number of high-performance driving events (HPDEs) held across the country, I would say the safety record for on-track instruction is exemplary compared with just driving down the highway. I think Baruth completely misrepresented HPDEs, the facts, and the training efforts already provided to…

18 min.

Fuel for the Driven Life [ R&T : 01 : 2015 ] EDITED BY JOSH CONDON "Luckily, I was able to hold on without wetting myself in the car… INDYCAR DRIVER JAMES HINCHCLIFFE'S WORST RACE (PAGE 39). Jim Glickenhaus's new one-off takes shape 22 Cadillac ATS-V: itching for a fight 28 Myth-busting the Nürburgring 32 Audi's Virtual Cockpit shows what's next for VW Group vehicles 35 Miscellany from the last month Rear View SURVEY SAYS… IN THE WAKE OF MARUSSIA DRIVER JULES BIANCHI'S HEAD INJURY, SHOULD F1 IMPLEMENT A CLOSED COCKPIT IN GRAND PRIX CARS? Winner "Close the cockpits, open up the rules, make the cars faster and safer, and get F1 back to pushing the limits of what's possible. That's why it exists." —SAM SMITH, EXECUTIVE EDITOR $88,000 Price paid for Johnny Cash's 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction.…

4 min.
highway k: a terrible time

The day I showed up at R& contributor Colin Comer's shop bearing the scars of driving his flawless—let's make that "good as new"—1972 AMC Gremlin across two states, he took one look at me and suggested we hit the nearest bar. Which, it turns out, is where the guys at the Milwaukee American Motors plant went after work. I sat there with a beer, under a wall full of trunk badges tacked up by line workers from years past, and, as you do after a few hundred miles in a Gremlin, thought about my own mortality. Hornet. Ambassador. Spirit. AMX, a rare ray of sunshine in the AMC murk. Pacer, by God. A smattering of Jeeps, the Rebel, the Javelin. And below them all, Gremlin. What a thing. If you're unaware: Gremlins…

4 min.
avoidable contact : fox in the hills

We are never as safe as we think we are, and never is that more true than when we dabble in ritual. Today, tourists sweat and laugh and smile to climb the Pyramid of the Sun, posing for their own phones at the top, showing off their kitschy outfits and veneered teeth. It's all good fun, but remember this: There are human sacrifices buried at the corners and underneath. The textbooks note, dispassionately, that some had their hearts removed before burial. Today, it is cheap to climb the pyramid, but there was a time when it required that your heart be cut out and placed in a bowl. Twenty-two years ago, guided by some vague statements in a car magazine, I fired up my trusty 1989 Volkswagen Fox and headed for…

14 min.

The new, the offbeat, and the just plain cool [ 2016 ] Audi TT & TTS STILL UNIQUE, STILL REMARKABLY GOOD. THE AUDI TT IS ONCE AGAIN THE QUICKest car in its segment. It's also the lightest, cheapest, and prettiest. Then again, it's the slowest, heaviest, most expensive, and least attractive, too, because the TT exists—still—in a sort of competitive no-man's-land. In the new-car market, it's a party of one, a style-forward, four-seat sports car with humble roots that somehow manages to be neither expensive or cheap, hard-core or fluffy. Yet, a lack of competition doesn't take away from the fact that this is the best example yet of Audi's all-wheel-drive two-plus-two. The TT deserves praise for being a rarity in a safety-bloated era: Each revision has been lighter than the last. In this, its…