By Joe Rusz

The latest GTI has a crisper look than its predecessor with sculpted rather than molded lines. The current model's Audi-like front end has been replaced by a new nose with a massive lower air intake (flanked by relocated foglights) and a narrow grille complete with red outline in homage to the first GTI. This gives the car a wider, more aggressive stance, a design theme that's carried along the slightly concave-looking sides (set off by beefy aero sills and a creased beltline) to the rear end,...

By Roger Gillham

These are great bedtime reading for both the young and young-at-heart. The Scalextric book (shown open) documents virtually every slot car and wind-up toy produced since expert U.K. toolmaker Bertram Francis made the first Scalex tinplate models shortly after the end of World War II Schleicher's book deals with digital cars, and offers performance tests of a huge variety of models, sample layouts and modifications to both cars and track. Go to the website for a free online edition of his...

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Well, I don't know about perfect, laughs Stuart Grant, Goodyear Racing's General Manager, but it sure was a storm. Look, what Brewer said about the difficulty inherent in making a NASCAR tire is true. Our car weighs more than twice as much as, say, a Formula 1 car, and has much less downforce and smaller tires. And yet, that NASCAR car races at much higher average speeds for longer periods of time. On the banking we put loads on the tires unheard of in any...

Ferrari Film Fest

Join us in Europe for exclusive skull-vibrating video of the limited-edition 2010 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider. This 196-mph V-8 supercar is one of only 499 to be produced. Plus, get driving impressions, photos and tail-out video of the 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE. Plus, get driving impressions, photos and tail-out video of the 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE. The covers come off July 9 for your first full look at the all-new Jaguar XJ. Fire up your laptop on Thursday the 9th because...

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Mechanical Bits

The One-77 is a fusion of high-end technology and traditional craftsmanship and that is illustrated nowhere better than in the sumptuous lines Reichmann and his design team have created for the aluminum body. In an echo of how Aston body panels were once hand-beaten and rolled in the days of Newport Pagnell, so is it true of the One-77. This is particularly evident around the front gills and the C-pillars where the metal has been formed into an impossibly complex series of negative and positive...

Scalextric Digital Super Gt

This set, with its bent figure-8 layout, packs a lot of action into a roughly 9 x 5-ft. space. With a well-timed press of a button on the controller, one lane-change section allows any car to switch slots, while the section pictured above allows an outside-in move. The detailing of the Porsche 911 GT3R, Dodge Viper and Aston Martin DBR9 is superb at right you can see the longitudinal front-mount motor, the lane-change circuit board alongside it, and the LED lighting system. 112 ROAD & TRACK...

Test Conditions

Irvine, California calm www.roadandtrack. Irvine, California In Spot mode, simply come off the brake with your left foot as you floor the throttle with your right. No power braking is needed in the 750Li as it only causes unwanted wheelspin when launching the car. Even from speeds higher than 80 mph, the 750Li is extremely composed under hard decel. The brake pedal gets progressively firmer when ABS is invoked, and the pulsations can be felt but are very mild. Transient...

The Real Atkinson Cycle Identifies Itself

Honda had a neat cutaway of its experimental Extended-Expansion General Purpose Engine, a single-cylinder powerplant intended for portable generators, lawn mowers and the like. Particularly noteworthy is its Atkinson cycle featuring an expansion ratio distinctly different from its compression ratio. We've come to associate the term Atkinson cycle with hybrids. Indeed, everything from the Toyota Prius to Ford Fusion to Preserve Your Automotive Investments. Experience the shine of One-Step...

Updating 40liter Fords

I have a 2004 Ford with the 4.0-liter 6-cylinder sohc engine. It is rated at about 180 bhp. I noticed in the February 2009 issue of Road & Track that the new Mustang offers a 4.0-liter sohc six, but now with 210 bhp. Given that these engines are not exactly the same, what kind of changes have been made to raise the horsepower with the same displacement More importantly, can these changes be retrofitted to the 2004 engine Are you sure about the 180-bhp rating Our research shows the 4.0-liter...

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The race itself is getting increasingly competitive each year. The pole-winning Ford GT of German Dirk Adorf led for most of the first hour, only to spin while lapping slower traffic. And from that point on, all through the night and well into the morning, the winning Porsche RSR had a great battle with the fastest of the Audi R8s, which by regulations were allowed to carry 20 liters more fuel, which meant they could stay out for one lap longer than the Porsches. To counteract that advantage,...

The Complete Electrification Of The Automobile

In fact, similar discussions ensued concerning complete electrification of the automobile. Given the urban intent of a battery electric vehicle, is 100-mile range a good BEV target Or is there a larger market for a more mod-est and less costly BEV50 Think about a BEV with more performance and utility than today's Neighborhood Electric Even the California Air Resources Board has said corn ethanol's overall emissions are Vehicle (NEVs being legal only on venues of 35 mph or less). While you're...

By John Lamm I Photos By The Author

Sure sounds like a low-flying piston fighter plane. We were at the Reims circuit in France's Champagne district. Home to many French Grands Prix, Reims hasn't been used for racing since 1972, but has been preserved and its pits spruced up to look as they did decades ago. Bonham's, the auction house, brought the Auto Union to Reims for a demonstration as the car is to be auctioned at this year's The Quail concours on the same weekend as the Pebble Beach...

By Andrew Bornhop

Hiroyuki Koba, the Ducati-riding 47-year-old chief engineer of the Lexus HS 250h, likens himself to a conductor. And yes, this new Lexus is his symphony, an artful balance of several key elements luxury, hybrid powertrain, advanced technology and ecological sensitivity all directed to form a harmonious sedan. Hence, the HS name. As some have suspected, the HS 250h is based on a version of the Toyota Prius' platform, even sharing its 106.3-in. wheelbase. But that's where the similarities end....

Tire Racic

Nationwide t and 2 day ground service from oar 5 warehouses. Nationwide t and 2 day ground service from oar 5 warehouses. The HTR Z III High Technology Radials-3rd generation tire was developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans and is designed to showcase Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high-speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. Like all summer tires, it is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or...

By Dennis Simanaitis Illustrations By Jon Dahlstrom

Just as two of what are now known as the Detroit 3 were on the verge of Chapter 11 or worse SAE International held its Annual Congress in that very city. You'd fear that such a confab would be moribund indeed, but as a whole engineers are optimists as well as realists. Giving the opportunity to advance their art through interaction, they offer a bright future if only they survive the all too dismal present . Here's a sampling of things discussed, including several that surfaced for the first...

More Than Skin Deep

2010 BUICK LACROSSE CXS Under the beauty lies the power of a 280-hp, 3.6L direct-injection V-6. Available adaptive real time suspension damping and Sport mode adjust to the road and the way you drive performance features you won't find on the Lexus ES 350 or Acura TL. Inside, enjoy Bluetooth connectivity and an optional hard drive with 10GB for your music. And the simplest and smartest in-vehicle navigation system, OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for one year. It's more than just a...