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MOTOR Magazine Australia December 2020

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If you love fast cars and everything surrounding them, then MOTOR is the magazine for you. From the hottest new cars to the wildest tuner vehicles, through the people who build, buy, race and repair them, MOTOR shines a spotlight on the late model car enthusiast lifestyle. Through 60 years of heritage MOTOR has built up a reputation as the car enthusiast’s bible.

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3 min.
andy enright

HOW MANY YEARS WOULD YOU HAVE TO SPOOL BACK FOR A CURRENT SUPERCAR TO BE QUICKER THAN AN F1 CAR? 20? 30? “SUPERCARS ARE TOO FAST these days,” a friend of mine recently moaned. But just how quick are the very fastest ones? How many years would you have to spool back for a current supercar, let’s say the McLaren 620R we featured last month, to be quicker than a Formula One car? Twenty, thirty? How much money would you need to spend in order to be able to buy a road car that could do a number on Ayrton Senna’s 1988-era McLaren MP4/4 or Nigel Mansell’s 1986 Williams FW11? Or how about Niki Lauda’s 1976 Ferrari 312T? McLaren has stated a slick-shod 620R laps in the same time as the 570S…

3 min.
01 the next big step

06 GEN3 TECH TIDBITS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1. AERO Less downforce should make it easier for cars to follow each other and will increase braking distances 2. CHASSIS Chassis rules will let cars look more like their road versions. Weight with driver and fuel is set to be 100kg less at 1400kg 3. ENGINE V8s are staying, but focus on DOHC to meet power and longevity targets. Drive-by-wire is in, cable throttle out 4. COST Less aero will help drive down costs to the targeted 30-40 per cent. E.g. Teams today stock multiple splitters at $8K each 5. SIZE Provisional rules says cars will be 100mm lower and wider, use a 2750mm wheelbase and must be RWD 6. TYRES Wheels will be sized at 18 x 11.0 inches. Control Dunlops will play a bigger role and should be 290-300mm across THE SUPERCARS…

5 min.
04 captains from pitlane reveal their thoughts

01 ROLAND DANE TRIPLE EIGHT ENGINEERING The GM team hopes Camaro kicks on from Commodore WE CERTAINLY NEEDED to have a plan to morph away from the current generation of cars, given the ZB, for instance, is no longer on sale in Australia and the Holden brand is no longer on sale and the current iteration Mustang is not a true representation of what an Australian touring car should be. And what’s happened in a long period of time are the cars have got too efficient, and [found] too much downforce etc. People have got better at exploiting that and so the idea is take a major step back in that area, or reduce downforce markedly on the cars. Now, when you’ve got two or more different body shapes racing together you’ve got to…

1 min.
coyote v8 confirmed for djr mustang

DICK JOHNSON RACING confirmed plans to use a Coyote V8 in its 2022 Supercars Mustang under incoming Gen3 regulations. Team owner Ryan Story said development is underway. “Yeh, look it is,” he says. “Right now there are still some things yet to confirm in terms of the specifications and the rules around Gen3, but the plan as it stands at the moment is the Mustangs have a Coyote engine driving it.” Current engine supplier Mostech is putting something together for DJR based on the Coyote, a 5.0-litre DOHC atmo V8 with 343kW/556Nm in its roadgoing form.…

3 min.
02 the record that wasn’t

WHEN SSC CLAIMED its Tuatara hypercar had clocked an incredible 508.73km/h on a closed road in Nevada last month, a new benchmark in the history of production car speed looked to have been established. The previous record of 488km/h, set by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ was dead in the water. What’s more it was 100km/h quicker than the original Veyron and a stupefying 122km/h faster than the iconic McLaren F1 at flat chat. Then things started to turn sour. At this point we’d like to state that there is precisely zero evidence of impropriety on SSC’s part. Clumsiness maybe. Ineptitude if you were being particularly uncharitable, but it seems that what the company presented as evidence simply didn’t tally with the numbers being churned out by the data logger,…

2 min.
06 clubbed to death?

IF YOU’RE a little lukewarm on the prospect of the 180kW Mk8 Golf GTI, Volkswagen has something hotter waiting in the wings in the shape of the 221kW GTI Clubsport. Lighter, lower and more focused than the standard GTI, it’s a tantalising prospect. Volkswagen Australia has been quick to temper expectations though, claiming the Clubsport will not be imported to these shores and that the local arm has the clout to spec or select its own versions as required. There’s truth behind that claim too. Volkswagen Australia has form with hotter versions of the venerable Golf GTI. It took the 195kW Mk7 Clubsport and rebranded it the Golf GTI 40 Years back in 2016, and has recently given us the 213kW Mk7.5 GTI TCR, those two models coming in production runs…