Although our Best Driver's Car competition is by no means a numbers game, the 2018 Mustang GT Perf Pack 2 really needed to smack down its archnemesis, the Camaro SS 1LE that finished fourth here in 2016. The Mustang, unfortunately, missed that bogey, subjectively and objectively.First the objective: A lap-time gap of 0.65 second at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a lifetime. It even trails the Chevy by 0.3 second on our tiny figure-eight course. Time lost between the corners as a result of the Mustang's 35-lb-ft torque deficit is easily forgiven for its fabulous soundtrack.Randy Pobst felt the 'Stang is "not balanced like the Camaro. There's a little too much oversteer in the entry phase and when I go to power. I would put a little more front anti-roll bar in it." He was also vexed by the stability control, which, although disabled, seemed to resurrect after a lap or two. See all 29 photos In the braking department, however, Kim Reynolds gushed, "When did the Mustang get such … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang GT: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender
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"Wow. If this car doesn't win overall, it should win most improved, rookie of the year, biggest comeback, and a few more. I've never driven an Aston like this." Scott Evans spoke for many of us who have driven Aston Martins at past BDCs, where the brand has disappointingly finished near the bottom (eighth, 12th, and 12th). How the mighty have risen.With strong brakes and a better-tuned chassis, this "brute in a suit" (kudos, Jonny Lieberman) inspired vastly more confidence than its Gaydon predecessors on Route 198. Most of us ran it in the Sport modes (not Track) with ESC on. Chris Walton appreciated its "delicacy and better compliance on bump steer and jumps." Angus MacKenzie liked the way it "tracks true through turns, no matter what's happening under the wheels" and that "it will get playful if you want, but the transitions are mature and measured." Randy Pobst was its biggest fan: "This was perhaps my favorite car on the road drive because of its unique combination of ride, roll … [Read more...] about Aston Martin Vantage: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender
We've shown a lot of BDC love for the Miata, lapping six of them over the years. Only the Viper, Corvette, and 911 have garnered more invitations. The world's best-selling roadster has reached the podium twice, finishing third in 2009 and 2015. Every time this wee David takes on a field of Goliaths, we gush about its light, nimble chassis, excuse its lack of headline-grabbing horsepower, and crab about its excessive body roll. When we heard the lightweight Club model was getting the RF targa's stiffened rear suspension plus an engine retune with 26 more horses, we eagerly invited it and raised our hopes that this might be the Miata's year.Although there was universal agreement that the Stelvio is the Best Driver's SUV and a true credit to its species, there is still the matter of its avoirdupois, high center of gravity, copious corner-entry understeer, and body roll. Nonetheless, the Stelvio is a trailblazing crossover in a field of supercars."Two things: It rolls too much, and it … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 Miata: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender
Ford is about more than the F-Series pickup. Historically, the Blue Oval has built some of the greatest cars ever seen on U.S. roads. And while that truck has been a consistent drumbeat to the history of the company (not to mention a primary profit generator), it’s not a stretch to claim that the automaker forged its legacy through the cars it made and marketed. The Model T. The “Deuce Coupe.” The GT40, with its GT progeny. And, of course, the Mustang. All those cars, and more, reflect the constant changes and chapters of American motoring tastes and innovation. Invariably, each stop along the way includes a Ford, either as the driving innovator others hope to catch (Model T, Mustang) or the driven competitor intent on besting the market leader (Escort, Taurus). That’s the benefit of competition: improved cars, more innovation, better designs, and a kick-ass story that takes 100 or more years to tell. Now, Ford has announced that it will stop making sedans … [Read more...] about From the Model T to the Mustang, these are the 10 best Ford cars of all time
Carlos Sainz 5. Carlos Sainz The Spaniard’s sophomore year in Formula 1 was desperately impressive. Consider for a moment that he and Toro Rosso entered the season with few expectations, running as they were a year-old Ferrari Power Unit which would receive no updates between lights out in Australia and chequered flag in Abu Dhabi. As such it was the early races of the season in which the team hoped to make its biggest push for points and yet Sainz consistently put his car in places it had no right to be, putting in performances that promoted his team to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, just 11 points shy of McLaren Honda. Factor in also the emotional gut punch that the promotion of Max Verstappen to Red Bull Racing created, and the realisation that a seat at the top team now could not be his for the foreseeable future, and the youngster’s ability to compose himself and carry on in the manner he did is all the more impressive. He had nine Q3 appearances in … [Read more...] about My Top 10 F1 Drivers of 2016. Part Two.