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M Means More – Performance Driving at BMW’s West Coast Desert Playgrou...

The BMW “M” performance brand was born in 1972, when BMW expanded its motorsport program and launched an effort to raise its global profile. Once BMW racing gave birth to the M brand, it wasn’t long before select BMW road cars were also blessed with an extra performance edge. ...

Drive, De-Brief, Repeat – Open Wheel Racing School is in Session with ...

Known for its sweeping vistas and dramatic elevation changes, countless drivers have logged laps around the 2.2-mile, 11 turn natural terrain road course known as Laguna Seca Raceway. While the scenery is compelling, getting much closer to the ground is necessary to truly underst...

Frozen Fun – Porsches on Ice

A Porsche should not be a mere garage decoration nor a rare treat saved for a sunny day. Porsches are not intended to hibernate for the winter. They are meant to be driven – in all seasons. After an hour and a half drive north of Montreal and deep into the heart of the Lau...

Fighting with Friction – Adventures in Drifting at the AMG Driving Aca...

Drifting is a simple matter of physics. Friction is the magic ingredient to make a car accelerate, brake and hold the road during cornering. The four tires beneath a car, however, only have a finite amount of grip. The tiny contact patches for each tire will fight but ultimately ...

A Taste of Ginetta at Donington Park

A warm summer evening in the British countryside might sound like a lovely opportunity for an outdoor concert. The team at Ginetta agree, opting for an orchestra based on instruments of motorsport. If the idea of track time in a Ginetta G40 chasing the sun on its late-day journey...

Not Just a Luxury Brand – Unleashing the Lexus Love for Performa...

In 1983, Toyota secretly undertook a project to build the world’s best car. The project resulted in the 1989 launch of Lexus, a premium brand with its own identity. On August 1, 1989, staff from eager Lexus dealers converged on the Monterey Peninsula in California to get their fi...

School is in Session: Lessons Learned at the Lotus Driving Academy

Open-wheel motorsport changed radically in the 1960s as large front-engine beasts gave way to lightweight racers with engines mounted behind the driver. Lotus and founder Colin Chapman made history by driving the change in engineering philosophy. Without the benefit of focus grou...

Release the Rapture! The Latest Radical Follows an Enduring Recipe

Most sportscar manufacturers tout a close connection between their road cars and the race track. Radical Sportscars obliterates any distinction, building cost-effective cars that compete with the world’s automotive giants for “fun to drive” honors. Following in the proud English ...