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Road & Track May 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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
Frequency:
One-off

in this issue

3 min.
editor's letter

Not to be weird, but I almost cried a few times assembling this issue, the first of our ground-up redesign. In my defense, these were near-tears of joy. When you think of car magazines, however, no one expects the giddiness of a cheerleader who was just handed the school spirit award. But after months of planning this issue and watching everyone's work take shape, the anticipation of delivering it was powerful. So, finally, here we are. Where is here? Glad you asked. If you believe in something, then every so often, you have to reestablish what you stand for. We love, live, and breathe cars, but that means more than just sheetmetal, now more than ever. With this issue, we mark the beginning of a renewed enthusiasm—for machines, for the places they…

4 min.
your turn: letters to road & track

Dear R&T, As the current owner of a C6 (and former owner of a C3), I thoroughly enjoyed the articles on the new C7 Corvette. However, in your February/March story "Tadge Juechter is the Chief," I was perplexed by the choice of vehicles in the comparison. With the possible exception of the BMW M3, all of the cars are at least twice the price of the Chevrolet. While these cars are fabulous in their own right and lofty benchmarks to strive for, I don't think it's fair to pit them against the Corvette unless your objective was to identify the Chevrolet's flaws. The only Vette that compares equally to these cars would be the ZR1. Did I miss the point of the article? Please note that I fully intend to purchase…

3 min.
go: one tank away

Chicago to Indianapolis You could drive from the Windy City to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a few short hours on I-65, but all you'd see is mile after mile of corn. If you want to turn a boring trip into a one-gas-stop vacation, head for Indy by way of great music, classic cars, and amazing food. Units in miles CHICAGO LOAD UP FOR THE TRIP JAZZ RECORD MART The world's largest blues and jazz record store. Racks of legendary albums from Chicago axemen like Freddie King and Muddy Waters. No MP3s here, so leave your iPod at the door. 27 East Illinois Street, 312-222-1467; jazzmart.com Units in miles: 47 JOLIET, ILLINOIS BE ON A MISSION FROM GOD JOLIET PRISON A notorious max-security correctional facility from 1858 to 2002, Joliet is now a tourist attraction. It's also where we meet John…

2 min.
one good turn: indianapolis motor speedway/turn one

ENTRY SPEED (WITHOUT DRAFT): 232 mph MAX G'S: 4.3 EXIT SPEED: 226 mph BANKING: Entry: 5.40 Apex: 8.27 Exit: 5.14 "THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THAT CORNER. YOU ALMOST DON'T GET TO CATCH YOUR BREATH FROM LAP TO LAP. TURN ONE AT INDY RANKS RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE GREAT ONES, FOR SURE." —Mario Andretti, Indy 500 Winner, 1969 "THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE TRACK IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT ON THE ENTRY INTO TURN ONE, WHICH CHANGES THE WAY THE CAR FEELS. THAT FIRST PART IS VERY SKETCHY. THERE ARE SOME RIPPLES IN THE TRACK, PROBABLY CAUSED BY THE SPRINT CUP CARS, SO THE CAR TENDS TO DANCE A BIT AT THE APEX. AND TURN ONE GENERALLY HAS A TAILWIND, SO WHEN THAT BECOMES A CROSSWIND AT THE EXIT, IT UPSETS THE CAR AGAIN." —DARIO…

5 min.
n.v.h: news, rumors + boneheaded moves from the car universe.

NOISE: NEW GOLF, GTI LINES SHOWN IN N.Y. The biggest noise emanating from Volkswagen's U.S.-model lineup has that distinctive diesel clatter. The new GTD, which bowed at the Geneva show in March, is based on the seventh-generation Golf and features an all-new, 181-hp EA288 four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. As of this writing, the diesel GTI has yet to be greenlit for the United States, but we expect it within two years. If you can't wait that long, a regular Golf TDI will arrive next year with 10 hp more than today's 140-hp diesel, plus urea injection to help pass future emissions standards. In other engine news, the base Golf drops its five-cylinder in favor of a 1.8-liter turbo four that earns the same 170-hp power rating but achieves vastly better fuel economy.…

1 min.
it's my daily driver

NAME: ALEX ROY AGE: 41 LIVES: GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK CITY VEHICLE: 2012 MORGAN 3 WHEELER, SILVER WITH CHERRY-RED INTERIOR, POWERED BY A FRONT-MOUNTED 1990-CC V-TWIN ENGINE The most common question I hear is, "Did you build it?" The next most common is, "What year?" When I tell them, "No, I didn't build it" and "Brand new," they look at me like I'm lying. I dress like a World War flying ace when I drive, espe cially in bad weather: leather jacket with a thick lining and Velcro closures, glove liners, balaclava, scarf,gauntlets, helmet, blanket for the legs. A little bit of rain or snow is no big deal. The gas pedal fell off on the first day I owned it. I fixed it with hex keys, duct tape, and a coat hanger. No biggie. I got…