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Our new home to test the best and the rest.



</hgroup>By Larry Webster September 25, 2013 / Photos by Marc Urbano


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At some point, no matter how pretty a car is or how rich its leather smells, we all want to know what it'll do. So we perform a handful of well-known exercises—quarter-mile, braking, skidpad, and so on.
Now it's time for a new test.
A road-course lap time is an obvious addition, which is why we frequently run cars on circuits around the country and always will. But tracks are too sanitary for the whole story. We want to know how a car works in the real world, on broken, imperfect roads. And we want to find out in a safe, controlled environment.
For that we went to Detroit, where we found the city's sleepy Coleman A. Young airport. On a battered runway that's deactivated as needed, we laid down a track we're calling the Motown Mile. It's our version of England's Hethel, the gnarly, ex-RAF airfield that Lotus uses to torture its cars into genius.
And what a test this is. The Mile's nine corners include a flat-out, 120-mph kink and a decreasing-radius nail-biter. Hundreds of bumps keep a car from settling down. The track is short on purpose; any competent driver should have no problem going around quickly, but speed here requires more than just power or light weight. You need a chassis that lets the driver use everything—a rare commodity.
We'll visit the Mile each month, building a living database of new information. Narrated videos and a lap-time leaderboard will live on roadandtrack.com, and the knowledge we gain will help us paint you a better picture of the modern fast car. We hope you'll enjoy scrutinizing the results as much as we love obtaining them.
MOTOWN MILE






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  • LAP TIME: 54:55 seconds
  • TOP SPEED: 138.94 mph
  • MAXIMUM LATERAL ACCELERATION: 1.132 gSUMMARY: Bronco Billy. Bucked like mad. Saved by raw power.







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  • LAP TIME: 55:03 seconds
  • TOP SPEED: 133.46 mph
  • MAXIMUM LATERAL ACCELERATION: 1.088 gSUMMARY: The Natural. Never put a wheel wrong. Incredible.






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  • LAP TIME: 55:48 seconds
  • TOP SPEED: 130.61 mph
  • MAXIMUM LATERAL ACCELERATION: 0.969 gSUMMARY: Brilliant V10 howl, but has to be wound out to move.







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  • LAP TIME: 56:83 seconds
  • TOP SPEED: 125.95 mph
  • MAXIMUM LATERAL ACCELERATION: 1.058 gSUMMARY: A bit stiff in the knees, but otherwise effortless.
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Lambo’s ultimate drop-top will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

</hgroup>By Nick Kurczewski January 12, 2012 / Photos by Theophilus Chin/Chris Doane Automotive

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The 2012 Geneva Auto Show looks set to host the unveiling of a new roadster version of the Lamborghini Aventador, the V-12-powered supercar that sits atop the company's potent lineup. During our test drive of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, we called the car "downright devilish in performance," but with the refined driving manners of an Audi sedan.

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2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster




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Lamborghini hasn't released any official photos of the 2013 Aventador Roadster, and we don't want to wait until the Geneva show in March to see the car. Thus, we offer these computer-generated images, which give us a very close approximation to how the car will look on the stand in Switzerland. With the exception of the detachable roof, most everything should carry over from the hardtop. That means you'll get the same ferocious 691-bhp 6.5-liter V-12 engine, coupled to a 7-speed single-clutch ISR gearbox and all-wheel drive.
In the standard LP700-4, this powertrain propels the mid-engine Aventador 2-seater to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. The factory claimed top speed is 217 mph. The Roadster should be able to match these prodigious performance figures, given the care and attention Lamborghini will undoubtedly pay to keeping weight low. The car's carbon-fiber tub weighs in at only 325 lb. Look for the Roadster to use lightweight materials in both its roof and any additional body reinforcements that might be needed.
The price, like those performance stats, is going to reside in the stratosphere. With the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 coupe starting at $387,000, it's likely the new Roadster will hit $400,000.
 
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An insider's guide to our favorite racing circuits.

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And definitely take time to watch the hugely informative videos embedded on the following pages. Created by our friends at iRacing.comcompletely within their proprietary simulator software—it powers a highly accurate online racing experience, one used as a training tool by professional drivers like Alex Gurney, Justin Wilson, and Dale, Jr.—the clips feature an in-depth walkthrough of a lap at each of these historic road courses.
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Aw man! And here I thought we got a new test track behind the MCF offices.
 
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Aw man! And here I thought we got a new test track behind the MCF offices.

Hello `Lou,
Sorry, it's not behind the MCF offices, but it is close to you
Just go down there & let them know who you are or that you known `Space , & they should permit you to drive this new Track...

Please record your test run & post > Thank You
 
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