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Road & Track June 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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3 min.
editor's letter

My first spin in a Porsche 911 was like learning the truth about Santa Claus. I'd just turned 25 and had spent almost that many years obsessing over the machine. Like a lot of people, I hung 911 posters on my wall and read every bit of magazine copy—including the ads—so often I could recite them on command. The press and the ownership cult presented the Porsche as something mythical, the embodiment of everything a sports car was expected to be. So on that day in 1995, when I climbed aboard and heard the sounds of the door closing and the engine firing, I figured I'd just hit the apogee of life. The car didn't stand a chance. In the years since, I've waffled between thinking the 911 was an overhyped,…

4 min.
your turn: letters to road & track

Dear R&T, Back in the 1980s, I read (in Road & Track?) an article on electric automobiles that concluded, "acceptable performance, acceptable range, acceptable price—pick two of three." Your recent review demonstrates that the Tesla Model S certainly has acceptable performance and, given the competition, an acceptable price. However, the lack of any meaningful discussion on range has me wondering if that 30-year-old judgment still holds true. PAUL BURCHELL, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Senior Editor Jason Cammisa, the author of the Tesla test, responds: We'd argue that the Model S has standout performance, a perfectly competitive price, and completely usable range. That makes it the first EV to hit all three targets. I appreciate your advertisement for the Tesla Model S. America has delivered a car that would turn the world on its head. Henry…

5 min.
le mans 2013 preview: race anatomy

OBSESSION ON DEMAND The world's greatest collection of racing footage is now just a click away. England's Duke Video, the longtime custodian of everything from 1970s Formula 1 season reviews to harrowing Isle of Man motorcycle footage, is going digital. Racing's greatest video archive is set to sidestep traditional distribution channels and plunge directly into the direct-download game. More than 1600 titles will soon be available for purchase at dukevideo.com. "We've got an archive of several thousand hours of motorsport, probably one of the biggest in the world," says company owner Peter Duke. "We decided early on to get [everything] digitized. The attraction is wider distribution." The company's digital goldmine covers a broad swath of popular topics, including Le Mans, IndyCar, rally, touring cars, and the DTM. But it doesn't stop there. "We started with…

3 min.
le mans 2013 preview: voice lessons

John HindHaugh, the voice of Radio Le Mans, has covered the world's most famous endurance race for nearly 25 years. as told to senior editor josh condon. You cannot buy a win at Le Mans. You can plan, you can design, you can be clever, but there are too many variables. Look at Toyota or Nissan. It was the $10 part or the stone chip in the sidewall that thwarted them. You can't know what Le Mans will throw at you. We're so used to it being a 24-hour sprint now. That's a cliché, but it's also true. A few years ago, Sir Stirling Moss told us that he never liked Le Mans because he was instructed to drive at a pace. Moss wasn't that type of driver. He admitted he'd love it…

3 min.

NOISE HYBRID GT-R, LOTS MO' NISMO Nissan wants to fill its new Nismo plant to capacity, meaning it will move the badge beyond just GT-Rs and 370Zs. A Nissan executive tells Road & Track that the automaker is gung ho on producing a Nismo Maxima and a Nismo Sentra, both of which will offer additional power and track-oriented handling. The idea, he says, is to have Nismo models across Nissan's lineup, much like Audi has done with its S and RS cars, so don't expect mere badge jobs. As of late, the front-drive Maxima hasn't lived up to the "Four Door Sports Car" tagline it once wore, and a Nismo version could finally separate the car from its similarly sized Altima sibling. Nissan is also planning a hybrid-powered GT-R, but don't expect…

1 min.
details: heavy breather

Santa Monica, California, firm PMO does just one thing: make high-quality induction systems for the Porsche 911. The company's astonishingly well-made carburetors offer a modern rethink of an ancient concept. Throttle bodies for mechanical and electronic fuel-injection systems are also available. (Carbs: $3400–$3600; pmocarb.com) —JC @Hinchtown: Well that didn't suck. There are no words so I won't even try. To everyone…thank you, thank you, thank you #GoDaddyRacing @FollowAndretti March 25th tweet from Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe following his win at the Izod IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The "Mayor of Hinchtown" was behind the wheel of the No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet, which the late Dan Wheldon had signed on to drive before his untimely death in 2011. St. Petersburg was Wheldon's adopted hometown, and a memorial in his honor…