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MOTOR Magazine Australia March 2021

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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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in this issue

3 min.
ed’s note

IT’S A FACT. Unless you’re running one of those ghastly everybody-gets-a-guernsey awards events, it’s the nature of the beast that most people go home emptyhanded, disappointed and occasionally a little bitter. Take Performance Car of the Year as an example. We bring 10 of the very best driver’s cars of the past 12 months and 90 per cent of ’em go home empty-handed. If you’ve nailed your colours to a particular mast, you might feel crestfallen that the car you’ve championed didn’t win. Which, when you look at those odds, the chances are that it didn’t. Still, it looks as if the system tends to spit out the right results. PCOTY has been run every year since 1996 and looking back at the roll call of champions, there’s not one dud…

8 min.
01 mclaren’s third dawn

IN 1992 MCLAREN, then only a race team with seven F1 constructors’ titles to its name, unleashed the F1 road car on the world, changing the supercar game forever. Nearly two decades later, in 2011, having not even thought about building another production car in the intervening years, McLaren Automotive dropped the MP4-12C cat among the established supercar pigeons. Now, another 10 years on, a third chapter is being written into the Book of Woking with the Artura. Visually, it is all McLaren, sharing the almost predatory, bodywork styling that favours function over form as the 720S. Underneath that skin it is all change, even down to the infotainment system. New chassis, new engine, new gearbox, new electric motors. The Artura re-establishes McLaren’s ethos and spirit for a new, electrified, era. Every…

5 min.
02 this one goes to 11

WE DON’T TEND to expect radical change from the 911 GT3, Porsche’s iconic road-legal track special. Incremental gains are generally the name of the game, but not this time. The fourth-generation GT3 brings probably the most revolutionary suite of changes to the 911 since water cooling debuted with the 996 generation back in 1998. Perhaps the most significant of changes is at the front of the car, with the 992 GT3 becoming the first 911 road car to use double wishbone front suspension instead of MacPherson struts. The rear axle uses a multilink set-up, and while not standard, rear-wheel steering will be available on the GT3. Porsche claims there isn’t a single piece of suspension componentry shared between the new GT model and a regular Carrera. The particularly zealous Porsche puritans among…

4 min.
03 meet the world’s fastest dentist

THERE’S AN INNATE captivation with high-speed drivers, evoking fighter pilot-like images of yore that bravely pushed unproven machines into speeds unknown. During high-speed testing, on January 17, SSC and its Tuatara hypercar posted a mind-bending two-way average of 455.3km/h. They subsequently nabbed the production-car speed record, this time certified by Racelogic, following the brand’s previously contentious PR blunders. This time though, to everyone’s surprise, there wasn’t a professional factory racing driver or a highspeed test pilot behind the wheel; instead sat Dr. Larry Caplin, the first SSC Tuatara private owner, dentist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Dr. Caplin spoke recently with MOTOR to explain how he found himself driving a car covering a kilometre in under eight seconds. “I grew up in a family where cars were always something we spent time with and bonded over,”…

3 min.
04 faster and lauda

ULTRA-LIGHT and ultraresponsive, with a central driving position, downforce enhanced by a fan that sucks the car onto the road and powered by a screaming naturally aspirated V12 engine that revs to 12,100rpm and drives through a six-speed manual transmission… It’s safe to say Gordon Murray’s new GMA T.50 hypercar promises to be as fast and thrilling as the McLaren F1 he designed 30 years ago. A hard act to follow? Not if you’re Murray. Meet the GMA T.50s Niki Lauda. The T.50s Niki Lauda (named after the three-time F1 world champion who drove the Murraydesigned Brabham BT46B, which had similar fan-driven ground effects system, to victory in the 1978 Swedish GP) is the track only version of the road-going T.50. Only 25 examples will be built, each costing the equivalent…

7 min.
the tribe

WIN THIS NEXT MONTH! MOTOR MAGAZINE PRIZE PACK This month you’ll need to tell us about your most embarrassing car fails. Simple pity prevents us naming the staffer who took his car back to the dealer to fix a persistent rattle only for it to be a Maccas Happy Meal maze toy in the glove box. Best letter wins a Unique Cars Aussie Muscle Car book, MOTOR subscription and a classic MOTOR tee WINNER LETTER of the MONTH VALUE JUDGMENT I DON’T KNOW if I’m alone in wondering whether it’s worth spending a significant amount of money on a petrol-engined car. I’m one of those people who likes to hang onto cars that bit longer than most. My current vehicle is a 987 Cayman S which I’ve had since 2013. Now, I could go out and…