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Road & Track May 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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7 min.

Dear R&T, In your Performance Car of the Year test [December 2014/January 2015], the Porsche 911 GT3 is the only car with an 11-second quarter-mile using six cylinders, less than four liters, and no forced induction. Its acceleration nearly matches the Nissan GT-R Nismo, which has the advantage of all-wheel drive and an extra 125 horses. Oh, and the GT3 is 0.3 second off the Motown Mile lap record. ALEX RANARIVELO, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA Correct on all accounts, Mr. Ranarivelo. Almost seems like we should give the GT3 some kind of award, huh? PCOTY, CONTINUED I just received my winter issue with "Performance Car of the Year" emblazoned across the front and decided not to crack it open. Why? Well, I see a Porsche on the cover, and you jackasses think the sun rises and…

3 min.
go: capturing the life at speed

Maybe it was your first experience being battered with the percussive, man-made thunder at the Indy 500. Or watching 200-mph land rockets carving through blackness at Le Mans. Or perhaps it was something less glorious but altogether more grand, like strapping yourself into a 20-year-old Miata with a dodgy fuel pump and bashing mirrors at your local asphalt ribbon. Whatever it was, something hooked you—hooked us—on the speed, heartbreak, and glory of motorsport. We've devoted this whole issue to it. These archival images celebrate a few of racing's most unforgettable moments, and some of the biggest names in the sport weigh in on why it remains neither a contest nor a vocation, but a calling. Gentlemen, start your engines. PASSION "I thrive on pushing the car and myself to the limit. Winning…

3 min.
meet and greet

IRODE WITH KIMI YESTERDAY. I don't know how many people have said those words, but I assume the number is small and that most of those folks own enormous yachts. Oversize boats, like cocaine or your third greatest-hits album, are a way that God lets you know you're making too much money. And most people do not get to ride around a racetrack with a Ferrari F1 driver unless they make too much money. Kimi Räikkönen. Finnish, 35 years old. A few years ago, at the U.S. Grand Prix, a PR person asked me, "How do you solve a problem like Kimi?" You do not solve Kimi, because he is wonderful. He is a former world champion, for one. He is famously icy and forthright, for another. And while we're on…

5 min.
f1rst world problems

PADDOCK PUNDIT BY MARSHALL PRUETT I'VE SPENT MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE looking to Formula 1 for tech things innovative and buzzworthy. The mind-bending designs of Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey spawned teenage fantasies of moving to Europe and training to become an aerodynamicist. But in recent years, my inner compass has pointed away from Monaco. For techno-geeks, motor racing has a new address, and it isn't on F1 honcho Bernie Ecclestone's yacht at Monte Carlo. It's pressed up against a fence at Le Mans or at Circuit of the Americas or at one of the six other playgrounds on the World Endurance Championship (WEC) calendar. The coolest cars in motorsport—the seemingly LSD-fueled creations we'll look back on in amazement 20 years from now—are racing in the WEC's top LMP1-Hybrid class, where…

12 min.
the throwback

THE FIRST DRIVE | 2015 SCUDERIA CAMERON GLICKENHAUS SCG003 THE ENGINE ARRIVED AT 10 O'CLOCK on a Saturday morning in a plain white Fiat van. The exhausted driver, dressed in gray sweatpants and a dingy brown vest, slid open the side door with a vacant stare. He had driven through the night, ferrying the motor from Turin, Italy, some 700 miles to MotorLand Aragón, a racetrack in northeastern Spain, so the team could continue testing the new car. Forklift arms slid under the pallet that carried the engine. The operator lifted the cargo and backed it out of the van. The motor rocked on its platform precipitously, until a man wearing a dark Stetson hat sprang forward and steadied it with his hand. The savior in this case was also the instigator,…

8 min.
master class

THE FIRST DRIVE | 2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA FIVE LUGS GOOD, four lugs better! When the third-generation MX-5 added a fifth wheel lug to handle its additional weight, increased power, and considerably larger wheels, it was hard for Miata fans not to draw parallels to the ever-increasing size of Elvis Presley's jumpsuit. No longer. The fourth-generation MX-5 returns to four-lug form as part of a Mazda master class in doing what nearly every other manufacturer seems unable to: cut a car's size and weight while improving its crash safety and structural rigidity. The missing lug saves a few ounces at every corner of the new MX-5. More important, it allows for a smaller wheel bearing, which allows for a smaller control arm, which reduces unsprung weight and allows for lighter suspension components.…