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Road & Track October 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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3 min.
editor’s letter

Unfolding the map pushed the remnants of a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich onto the floor. I swore under my breath. According to the menu, that sandwich was Elvis’s favorite, and now it was mine, too. I called the waitress over and ordered seconds. “Y’all looking for some knobbly roads?” said a baritone voice to my right. I swiveled to see an older gentleman sitting alone. His face was wrinkled and expressionless—I couldn’t tell if I was about to be helped or scolded. It’s not like the latter wasn’t a definite possibility. I’d just spent a glorious morning exploring the roads outside Asheville, North Carolina, at the kind of pace that can sometimes ruffle the locals. Anyone could peg me as an outsider, which was fine by me: I love hanging…

4 min.
your turn

Letters to ROAD & TRACK Dear R&T, Until this month, the gay Alaska Miata piece was the weirdest automotive article I’d ever read, but it has been topped. The July Z/28 Camaro (Camero? Cramaro? Help me out, Krewson—I ain’t got your ejucashun) comparison left me stunned. A $75,000 Camaro that eats Mopar dust in a drag, but does offer magic road-hugging. Seventeen grand less gets you 75 more horsepower, but the turning isn’t as good. Dear GM: Will you please share with us your projected customer profile for this model? How many units do you expect to sell? Are you on target at the moment? Just curious. Joe O’Callaghan, San Diego, California Surprisingly, Alex Gurney grouses about the Viper’s “soft suspension” after beating its competitors on your Thermal Club track. Let’s see: He dislikes…

1 min.

SURVEY SAYS... Both were lifelong motorsport nuts, but who does the R& staff find cooler—James Garner or Steve McQueen? Winner “Because Baja 442. There’s never been a greater middle finger to the world.” —ZACH BOWMAN, WEB EDITOR 3 Times James Garner drove the Indy 500 pace car. The actor and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee died July 19, at 86. 9:08.Greg Tracy’s time up Pikes Peak in a Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III—a record for electric vehicles and 2.387 seconds off the fastest gas-powered car. $35,000/200-PLUS MILES Price and range for the 2017 Tesla Model 3, as reported by Auto Express. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is betting the new, entry-level car will help push annual sales above 100,000 by 2020. 160,000 Number of Ford Mustangs sold outside the U.S. since 1964. Ford has built around 10 million…

4 min.
dear auto racing: it’s not you, it’s us. also, it’s you.

Motor racing has long held a respectable place in the heart of the American sports fan. Behind the major stick-and-ball sports, sure, but slotting in comfortably thereafter. However, the hard numbers reveal a gradual divorce is under way, and the feeling from inside the sport—where I make my living— is that the relationship might be past saving. A dozen full-time reporters once followed IndyCar’s championship trail, and the series used to charter jets for its traveling media corps. Today, I’m one of three full-timers left in the trenches. Those covering NASCAR, a white-hot property for two decades, are facing the same contraction. That’s not just a woeis-me argument from a pro racing journalist. It’s symptomatic of a larger dilemma. Racing is losing its audience. NASCAR’s recent Sprint Cup race in Michigan yielded…

2 min.
ask a geek

The points of interest that pop up on your nav screen originate online. Every search from your desktop or phone that involves a realworld location is anonymized and sold to a third-party vendor. Companies like Nokia's Here then resell that data to carmakers and app builders. Onboard memory being limited, Ford stores some information on an updatable SD card in the car; results are sorted based on an algorithm that factors in proximity and popularity. The latter is essentially how often a given location was returned in online searches, so old-school businesses with little web presence are penalized. Eventually, carmakers will offer endless, up-to-the-minute choices via the cloud. Until then, you can get the same basic result with Ford’s Sync Services, GM’s OnStar, or BMW’s Concierge Services. Those are just…

1 min.
new bikes

THE POWERHOUSE EBR 1190RX Erik Buell’s sophomore effort just wheelied onto the superbike stage. Sophisticated traction control. Elegant fuel-in-frame construction that means the bike’s center of gravity is less affected by a draining tank. We’re so stoked on this bike, we had AMA Hall of Famer Chris Carr test it at Indy—check out the video at roadandtrack.com/ebr. HARLEY-DAVIDSON PROJECT LIVEWIRE An electric bike from gasoline-loving traditionalists. A production version of the LiveWire is still up in the air (you can test-ride a demo bike at select Harley dealerships), but if it looks like the aggressively styled concept, we’re in. THE THROWBACK YAMAHA SR400 What made you fall in love with motorcycling— drum rear brake, a kick-starter, killer looks— paired with modern fuel injection. You could pluck this bike straight out of the Seventies, and we…