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Road & Track July 2014

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.
your turn

Letters to ROAD & TRACK OUR MUSTANG CELEBRATION STRUCK A CHORD (MOSTLY PLEASANT) WITH READERS. Dear R&T, No 0-to-60 times, no "the Mustang is better or worse than such and such a car," no "the Mustang handles worse midcorner than the Camaro." Just a nice peaceful article about a vital piece of American culture. How pleasant to read a story about a car without a great debate, just a simple conveying of what liking cars is all about. For all the good, the bad, and the ugly that the Mustang may have been over the past 50 years, it's a car that is enjoyed by millions of people, in whatever form it may take on for the person who owns one. Thank you, Sam. Well done. JIM VALCARCEL, Sedona, Arizona I must share how much…

3 min.
editor's letter

Photographer Kris Orberg, who spends half his year on this road, said, "All of them." He laughed. But I knew what he meant. It was 9:00 a.m. on an April Sunday. The road was the famous stretch of U.S. Route 129 in Tennessee known as "the Dragon," an 11-mile section with some 300 glorious curves. I'd already driven it three times that morning. It was my light at the end of this winter's tunnel. I got together with three racing buddies and rented a house near 129. We woke before dawn and buzzed the budding forest, free of lumbering Harleys and gawking tourists. The weekend turned out to be just the sort of automotive therapy I needed. Maybe you've heard about the polar vortex and record snowfall that plagued us this past…

17 min.

Fuel for the Driven Life [ R&T : 07 : 2014 ] "We've embarked on a very public testing program." JOHN DOONAN, DIRECTOR OF MOTORSPORTS FOR MAZDA NORTH AMERICA, ON THE COMPANY'S DIESEL LMP2 RACE CAR (PAGE 24). Apple makes its mark on infotainment 20 Ford's (and Detroit's) WWII heroics 22 BMW's M Performance Driving School 26 Big Tobacco's e-loophole back into racing 32 Who will sponsor America's new F1 team? MONOCOQUE NUTZ (PATENT PENDING) SOME CRAPPY AMERICAN BEER 24, THE FRAGRANCE: JACK BAUER COLOGNE NASCAR SPONSOR WHAT NOW? REAR VIEW Welcome back. Here's what's happened since we saw you last. Audi A3 NAMED 2014 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR IN APRIL AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW. GERMAN AUTOMAKERS SWEPT ALL FIVE WCOTY AWARDS. 10,008,969 Number of vehicles recalled by the NHTSA between March 15 and April 15, 2014.* Excludes child seats but runs the…

5 min.
quick limey: working life

Make it "A Day in the Life of Chris Harris," said Larry. Okay, I said. But first, I should introduce myself. I am a 39-year-old self-diagnosed car addict. I have been a U.K.-based motoring journalist for 16 years and now make videos that broadcast on YouTube. I am addicted to purchasing cars. I currently own 13, most of which are worthless money pits. I can watch five days of test-match cricket without interruption, and my iPod history tells me that I listen to ZZ Top more than any other band. I am lucky enough to have raced at Goodwood, the Nürburgring, and many places in between. My driving hero is Walter Röhrl. My first car was a Mini. Thing is, I need to begin with a week in the life because this…

5 min.
smithology: a lovely terror

THE HEADY, FLOP-SWEATY WONDER OF RACE-CAR OWNERSHIP. Buying a race car produces an odd conflux of emotions. Ten seconds ago, I had a sneaking suspicion that conflux was a made-up word, a malaprop that lived in my head and meant nothing to anybody. The dictionary reminds me it's a synonym for confluence. Similarly, a week ago, I had a sneaking suspicion that I knew what it was to own a race car. I was wrong. Before we go any further, let's get that out of the way. This is what buying a race car feels like: WHEEEEEEE ARG AIEEE GRAPPAFRATZ well um yes wait what HELP HELP NO whereisallthemoney and finally, again, WHEEEEEEE. Oddly, I've never had one of these things. I say oddly because I've been club racing on and off for 11…

13 min.

The new, the offbeat, and the just plain cool Hyundai Genesis 42 Chrysler 200C V-6 44 McLaren 650S 46 Honda Fit 48 The Targa spent 50 years as the least desirable ember of the 911 family. No more. [ 2014 ] Porsche 911 Targa 4 FORM FOLDING FUNCTION. YOU CAN FIND THEM DOTTING USED-car lots or drowning the P section of the local Craigslist, and you can find them cheap. So many 911 Targas seem to have been driven daily, callously treated like Volkswagens, and sold for less. The 2014 Targa may change that. Stiffer-bodied and softer-sprung than the 991 Cabriolet and aimed at a driver more inclined to cruise than cane, the Targa is a comfortable way to cover ground. The 350-hp Targa 4 and 400-hp Targa 4S both come with all-wheel drive and the accompanying wide…