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Road & Track February - March 2013

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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1 min.
focal point

SPANISH FLYING Sébastien Loeb of France and Daniel Elena of Monaco in their Citroën Total World Rally Team DS3 WRC during day one of the WRC Rally of Spain on November 9, 2012, in Salou. It was Loeb's final outing as a full-time rally driver; beginning in 2014, he will compete in the World Touring Car Championship. The nine-time World Rally champion went on to win the Rally de España for the eighth time in his career. PHOTO BY MASSIMO BETTIOL / GETTY IMAGES Nikon D3S @ 420mm 1/640s • f/5.6 •ISO 1000 ROADANDTRACK.COM/FOCALPOINT SEE THE TOP 10 GALLERY…

4 min.
turn one

The Madness of Formula 1 FLAWLESS RED PAINT AND A HOME AT THE rear of the Ferrari Formula 1 garage were two obvious signs that the metal shipping container wasn't ordinary. My escort tugged open a stout door in the container's side, revealing a sterile white lab oratory roughly eight feet deep and four feet wide. One perfectly clean countertop ran lengthwise down each side of the space. Each one held a computer, neat rows of small metal bottles, a digital scale, and various other bits I couldn't identify. On the far wall, a sign that read "Fire Exit" pointed down to a trap door so comically small that my dog wouldn't fit through it. A lone woman stood in the lab, peering at a computer screen. "What the hell?" I mumbled to…

15 min.
l.a. auto show digest

Car shows are sprawling, unwieldy things, with automakers carnival-barking for attention whether they're presenting a major global debut or a mild refresh of an ancient model. At the 2012 Los Angeles show, we spent two days navigating the madness to bring you a play-by-play of every major announcement: great cars, bold statements, and, regrettably, Linkin Park. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 8:00AM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JIM LENTZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO, TOYOTA MOTOR SALES Lentz believes a recovering economy will lead to greater sales, and he praises the auto industry for—and challenges it to continue—pushing new ideas forward. Also, Toyota is apparently working on something called a "Board of Awesomeness." No joke. 9:00AM: TOYOTA The first presentation of the show opens with a new RAV4 that ditches the model's signature side-hinged rear door for a liftgate. The optional…

3 min.
your turn

Horses For Courses Camaro SS 1LE? Yawn. The Bowtie response to the Boss 302 comes in more than 200 pounds heavier, over a half-second slower to 60 mph, and manages only 13.1 seconds in the quarter-mile, while the Ford runs consistent sub-13s. The Boss 302 is "livelier and more agile in its transient responses" and generates a bit more lateral grip. Chevrolet took aim at the Boss, and this is what it came up with? At least the SS 1LE will afford its owners a nice view of the Mustang's taillights. Jim Keenan Vista, California KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: As someone who owned Lotus cars from 1969 to 1999 , including five from the '67-'74 era-three Elans and two Europas-I take exception to John Krewson's December comments about fire risk (page 68). In 30…

6 min.
side glances

The Last Car NOT TOO LONG AGO, BARB AND I WERE visiting our financial advisor, Kent Knutson, at his office. He was trying to impart some sage advice on planning for our eventual retirement. He told us, essentially, that we needed to A) save a lot more money and B) make a budget and figure out exactly what we spend every month. Now, I've never been much of a budget guy, or one to carry a notebook in my pocket and write down (or even admit to) everything I buy in a day. If people were to find that notebook, I might be sedated and institutionalized for my own protection. Especially if they read about the Fender tweed amp, the BSA muffler, and the Screamin' Jay Hawkins album. Never mind the cowboy…

4 min.
2013 land rover range rover

• LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER • MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP • PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4S • VOLKSWAGEN JETTA HYBRID • Audi R8 NOSE POINTED EARTHWARD, ITS REAR BUMPER SCRAPING sharp rock, the Range Rover wades into a Moroccan gully churning with brown water, wipers slashing against a storm whose mudslides will soon choke nearby roads and bridges. At this moment, across the Atlantic, my New York home is under assault from a fiercer cataclysm—name Sandy, the strangely sweet tag for the bitterest hurricane to whack the Northeast in decades. In the leather-scented sanctum of the Rover's cabin, it hits me: Manhattan or Morocco, the Range Rover is an ideal bulwark against a world increasingly racked by the vagaries of climate change. Hurricane? Tsunami? Bring it on: I might be washed away, but I'll go out to…