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This month's evo, issue 133

23 Jun 2009

Aston V12 v Audi V10 v Porsche GT3 v Corvette ZR1, plus the world’s greatest road races. Porsche Panamera exclusive, 24-hour Ring race, £2.6m Jaguar C-type in Mille Miglia and the highs of the Gumball 3000

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This month's diary

News
The Lexus LF-As racing in the Nürburgring 24hrs sounded awesome, and now we’ve got all the details on the forthcoming road version, which promises Enzo-rivalling velocities. We’ve also been investigating threats to manual ’boxes and trackday tyres

Driven
Porsche Panamera S, Ferrari Scuderia 16M, Audi TT RS, Aston Martin DBS Volante, Chevrolet Camaro, VW Golf GTD

Letters
Some amusing parking spaces and a 15-year-old who wonders why Catchpole doesn’t look like he’s jumping for joy in a Caterham

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
The chaps in Molsheim have taken a tin-opener to the Veyron so now you can have the wind in your hair at up to 224mph (if you want to go all the way to 250mph, you’ll have to put the roof on)

Volkswagen BlueSport
We’re not sure why VW thinks that blue is more green than green (sounds like a new David Cameron policy) but its little diesel roadster is certainly good to drive, as David Vivian discovers

Golf GTI v Scirocco
They’re basically the same underneath so surely the hatch shouldn’t be better than the coupe… We also pitch the new GTI against its rivals on our long-term fleet

Road Racers
Racing has inspired some of the greatest road cars ever and roads have provided some of the greatest races ever. Here we celebrate both the cars and the races. It all kicks off on page 80 with John Barker’s experience of the Nürburgring 24hrs. Then we take the road variants of Audi, Porsche, Aston and Corvette’s race cars and find out which is best on the roads around the Ring. Harry Metcalfe does the Mille Miglia to find out how road racing used to be, while Richard Porter rounds up the places it still exists today. Plus David Yu’s been Gumballing, and we’ve a new entry-level road racer in the shape of the fantastic Clio 200 Cup

Long-term tests
A new white hatchback with a limited-slip diff has beamed into the car park this month. Meanwhile our JCW has been helping to blow out the candles on Mini’s 50th birthday cake

Cars for sale
This month in our new section we tell you everything you need to know about buying an Aston V8 Vantage, while Roger Green kicks the tyres of a McLaren F1 GTR

The Knowledge
If you spot this month’s deliberate mistake email [email protected]

Ask the Experts
We’ve had skinny legs and chunky legs, horses working with wheels, graphs and equations, yet still no-one understands the difference between power and torque… until now. Possibly

Birth of an Icon: The Nürburgring
‘Anybody who says they enjoy the Nürburgring is either lying or isn’t driving fast enough’ – J Stewart

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