Tag: the stig

By on September 22, 2017

BMW acceleration, Image: Bigstock

Did you notice that TTAC was short one article by yours truly this week? Probably not — but if you did, allow me to explain the reason. I’ve spent the entire week doing testing for Road & Track’s Performance Car Of The Year issue. Today, I drove 10 mostly brilliant and remarkably capable vehicles against the clock around the NCM West course, ranging from a Honda Civic Type R to a Lamborghini Huracan Performante and a McLaren 720S.

I think that a lap around NCM West is a good indicator of a car’s speed, insofar as it includes everything from a straight-line drag race to some unpleasant off-camber turns that can send a car sideways at freeway speeds or well above. If you asked me how fast a car was, I would suggest you let me drive it around NCM West — only then would I be able to tell you.

Since doing that is expensive and often impractical, most people measure automotive speed the old-fashioned way: they read Car and Driver. But that still doesn’t settle the issue: what is the proper yardstick of automotive pace?

(Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • 28-Cars-Later: “The F&I guy didn’t even bother to try to sell me anything additional.” Yes because...
  • 28-Cars-Later: Proper f***ed.
  • 28-Cars-Later: “Hitler Youth Motors” Audi -a VAG division- doesn’t qualify?
  • EBFlex: It’s up $10.00 from last year….so I guess Xiden can control the price of burgers, brats, hot...
  • EBFlex: “You are arguing for the continued use of vehicles that for the most part are decades old in...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Jo Borras
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber