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Road & Track September 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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2 min.
gran turismo concepts

VIRTUAL BECOMES REALITY Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi gave automotive designers a gift with GT6: an unprecedented canvas on which to paint their wildest ideas. The Vision Gran Turismo project invites automakers to imagine, engineer, and create concept cars for the racing-simulation video game without the constraints of, you know, reality. Far-fetched technologies. Impossible performance. Wicked lines. And it all starts with a sketch. DESIGNER DREAMS SRT opened the project to every designer at Chrysler, and the Tomahawk, with three power levels, was chosen from 30 concept submissions. Why? It wasn’t for its hybrid drivetrain or active aero. It just looked fast. In this world, that’s enough. DESIGNED BY PAUL HOSTE | 7.0-LITER V-10, PLUS PNEUMATIC POWER ASSIST TOTAL POWER: 1007–2590 HP | WEIGHT: 1459–2026 LB | TOP SPEED: 250–404 MPH GRAN TURISMO 6 :…

4 min.

Dear R&T, Porsche could sell more than 2500 examples of the Cayman GT4 [“Sold Out, No Sellout,” June 2015]. Sure, they’ll soon be moving at auction at extremely inflated prices due to the limited number. But if “Porsche’s sports-car sales have been dwindling,” as you say, then the company should build more cars like the GT4, and not in such limited quantities. FRANK LEONETTI, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON The subtitle for your Porsche Cayman GT4 review said: “Driver-focused, manual-only, and $45K cheaper than a 911 GT3.” What it should have said is: “Driver-focused, manual-only, and $6600 more than a Corvette Z06.” RON McCRANIE DENVER, COLORADO EYE OF THE HURACÁN As a driving instructor, avid reader of car magazines, and an enthusiast for most of my 65 years, I applaud Jack Baruth’s feature on the Lamborghini Huracán [“Almost Infamous”].…

2 min.
editor’s letter

PETE BROCK RAN HIS HAND down the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe’s iconic squared tail section. “See how the rear panel is recessed into the body, and not flush with the sides?” he asked. “That gives the back end tubularity and lightens the whole area. Otherwise, it would look like a slab of concrete.” I was hypnotized listening to Brock, the prolific designer behind the coupe. Shocked, too, that he’d taken such care to get the styling right. I’d always assumed that chopped-off Kammback was purely an aerodynamic device—a tool to coax the air flowing over and under the car to rejoin with less turbulence, reducing drag. I thought it just happened to look pretty. I was wrong. “First you make it fast, and then try to marry in some sort of aesthetic sense,”…

1 min.

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2 min.
running the mojave road

Road & Track has partnered with Ford to bring you The Code, an editorial program inspired by the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, and the men who drive them. From the skills every man should have and the latest in gear to smart news and entertainment, The Code brings the spirit of “Built Ford Tough” to life. Even today, the Wild West is striped with dirt roads—but none is as epic, as iconic, as the Mojave Road, a.k.a. the Mojave Trail, a 166-mile ribbon of dirt and sand that crosses California’s Mojave Desert. Originally an Indian trade route, then a wagon trail, this world famous road has been in use by humans for hundreds of years. Fortunately for those with four-wheel-drive and a craving for adventure, the road part of California’s vast,…

4 min.
wall drug

WHEN A CAR DOES 230 MPH two feet from your face, you feel it. The sudden thwack of evacuated air. A whole-body muscle spasm. And above all, engine noise, whip-cracking into your core, there and gone in a heartbeat. Run, it all says. Because there is a surprisingly violent thing nearby, and since the dawn of the human race, surprising objects yowling directly into your colon have meant you are about to get eaten. Or that you’re on the wall at Indianapolis. I went to the Speedway this year for Indy 500 qualifying. The 500 is a touchstone, but embarrassingly, I had never ached to see it in person. Or had any love for ovals. I got on a plane thanks to my friend Marshall Pruett, R&T’s chief motorsport correspondent. When I…