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Road & Track September 2016

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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1 min.
the kurt wörner collection

CAPTURING THE LIFE AT SPEED German photographer Kurt Wörner was on track and behind the scenes during the most dramatic epoch of European racing history. Obscure rallies and motorcycle races, prewar tests of Silver Arrows, winged Chaparrals—he was seemingly everywhere, capturing it all on film. His life’s work, hundreds of thousands of rarely seen images, is part of the Road & Track archives. Here’s a glimpse.…

4 min.
dear r&t,

AS THE CAR WORLD MOVES FORWARD, YOU SAY, TURN BACK. You simply aren’t allowed to build a better race car anymore. The Ford GT and Corvette C7.R get 22 pounds added to them after doing well [“Road to Le Mans,” June]. This is, to me, revolting. This NASCAR-esque, let’s-have-everybody-nose-to-tail-on-the-last-lap stuff makes appreciation of different marques useless. Officialdom in the whole upper echelon of racing should be done away with, period. ANATOLY ARUTUNOFF, TULSA, OKLAHOMA I really enjoyed the heroics behind Ford’s new GT program. And yet, IMSA’s Balance of Performance regulations remain the issue. All of the cars are so developed and advanced that regulations restrict them to racing well below their potential. Is it really racing? Who knows, but it’s certainly a game. Sadly, Ford vs. Chevy or Ferrari or Porsche or…

2 min.
editor’s letter

Motorsport fans (and even regular car enthusiasts) owe it to themselves to close the laptop, get off the couch, and go watch a race in person. IGOT HOOKED ON TRACK LIFE AT AN EARLY AGE. A big chunk of my formative years in the mid-Seventies was spent crammed in the back of some European sports car, driving to races up and down the East Coast—Camel GT, Formula 5000, IndyCar, NASCAR, and even local dirt tracks. I couldn’t get enough. Regardless of what was competing on any given weekend, I was thrilled to see my favorite drivers and cars up close, get to know a few of them, and above all else, feel a part of the action. Recent trips to a pair of the world’s great motorsport events—the Indianapolis 500 and the…

5 min.
rookie move

IT’S LONG PAST MAY, which means this is weird. Weird to be talking about the 2016 Indy 500 in a print magazine that sees mailboxes in August. Weird to know that this country turned a car race into a bona-fide media event. Both ideas we abandoned years ago. But that’s what happens when Indy kicks off for the hundredth time. You get to pretend for a bit. This year’s 500 was a sellout—the first in more than two decades. Three hundred and fifty thousand people crammed into the oldest working speed temple we’ve got. Reserved seating evaporated weeks out, general-admission shortly after. It felt, for a moment, like motorsport mattered again. You’ve likely heard all this. Heard about the rookie winner, Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old Californian and Formula 1 reserve driver who had…

11 min.
a fine balance

ONE PERFECT DAY IN A VETTE. It begins as a notion and turns into a mission. The brand-new 2017 Grand Sport is Chevy’s latest interpretation of the Corvette, and one is being shipped from Detroit to New York for R&T to test. And so an idea forms. A sunup-to-sundown romp at the onset of summer, in what is, potentially, America’s greatest modern sports car. A chance at the perfect driving day. As a yellow Corvette Grand Sport with a seven-speed manual and the Z07 package is being loaded onto a big truck heading east, planning begins. The summer solstice is only a few days away, so it will be possible to spend 14 hours behind the wheel without ever snapping on a headlight. My local track in the Catskills, the Monticello…

19 min.
battle of shenandoah

THE MUCH-FEARED FOCKE-WULF FW 190 had a takeoff speed of approximately 112 mph, according to Royal Navy captain Eric Brown, who flew a captured example in 1944 and detailed his impressions in his well-regarded postwar book Wings of the Luftwaffe. Compare this with the Audi R8 V10 Plus, which has a slightly higher takeoff of 121 mph. That’s what the ultramodern, 12.3-inch “virtual cockpit” instrument cluster was displaying right before I hit the infamous “ski jump” at Summit Point Motorsports Park’s Shenandoah circuit. For most drivers, in most cars, the ski jump is a nonevent. If you’re driving a Miata or a Civic, you’ll probably hit it at about 85 mph or less. You’ll notice a brief sensation of free fall as the suspension unweights. Try the jump with a five-liter…