Alexander Rossi Drives A Corvette ZR-1 Around Circuit of the Americas

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Road & Track sent American F1 hopeful Alexander Rossi around the Circuit of the Americas in a Corvette ZR-1. I find it easier to get a feel for the track from the perspective of a street car instead of watching it in fast-forward from an F1 car. In a recent interview with Cycle World Magazine, MotoGP rider Ben Spies gave some of his insights on the track. He said that the uphill hairpin Turn 1 is great for spectators but really dangerous for the racers because if somebody messes up, they take out a lot of people. He then said the fast esses, Turns 3-6, are the hardest part of the track with the triple right, Turns 16-18, being the easiest since you can treat them all as one constant turn. Spies says the track is awesome but he wishes there was a high-speed fourth gear turn in it somewhere. The footage of Rossi starts with an easy out-lap and then two hot laps from different camera angles.

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Road & Track Drives the Brock Racing Enterprise Datsun 510

Indy drive Alex Lloyd is given the opportunity to take the Brock Racing Enterprise Datsun 510 out for a spin. He goes into the historical significance of the car and it’s victories in its class of Trans-Am racing. He then goes onto highlight the car’s quirks and how they relate to the romanticism of vintage race cars.

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Road & Track Takes a Closer Look at the 2012 Hybrid Le Mans Cars

Road & Track put together this video that takes a closer look at the hybrid cars competing in this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans, the Audi E-Tron Ultra and Toyota TS030. They talk about how each car has different engines, energy storage and even electric motor power delivery.

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Road & Track Compares the Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5 and Hyundai Genesis

Not to be outdone by Motor Trend’s recent sub $28k sports car shootout, Road & Track rounded up the Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5 and Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the 2.0 liter turbo engine for a rear wheel drive comparison. Watch the videos before you read my take on them:

As an added bonus they got 2011 Formula D Champion, Daijiro Yoshihara, to see which one he liked drifting the most.

I have yet to see the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ lose a comparison yet. The real kicker is that everybody says that it could use more power, but still pick it to win. That just goes to show that Toyota/Subaru really got it right by going back to the basics of rear wheel drive, low center of gravity and light weight. I was very worried that these cars wouldn’t be received well simply because they didn’t make enough power for a modern audience, but it seems that people are actually appreciating the engineering effort that was put into matching the power with the tires, suspension and chassis to create a really high level of overall balance. Even so, it seems Toyota is thinking about covering the power issue.

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