Issue 160

August 27, 2014

In this issue:

Renovo Coupe Is a Shelby Daytona With 1000 lb-ft of Torque That Doesn't Need Gas
Ten Cars from the 1980s That Every Enthusiast Should Drive
Driven: 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Rumor: McLaren 500S Will Be a 911-Fighting Mainstream Sports Car
Fit All Your Weekend Gear In One Rolling Bag
Preview: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Great Racing Rivalries of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties – 2015 Calendar
Rumor: Redesigned Chevrolet Volt to Debut at Detroit Auto Show
Team Winding Road Tackles America’s Longest Club Endurance Race
WR TV: 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E Platinum
A Sleek Black Watch From Momo Design

Renovo Coupe Is a Shelby Daytona With 1000 lb-ft of Torque That Doesn't Need Gas

By Bradley Iger / August 19, 2014

In the horsepower-flush times we currently live in, it's becoming less and less of a Herculean task to take a capable chassis that already exists and stuff a proven performance powertrain in it and call it a supercar. However, it's quite another thing to take the iconic silhouette of the Shelby Daytona Coupe and create enough all-electric motivation for it to proclaim it as "the first American all-electric supercar." But that's just what Renovo has done, and their new car has all the right numbers to back up that claim.
 
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Ten Cars from the 1980s That Every Enthusiast Should Drive

By Ronan Glon / August 22, 2014

In the 1980s, automakers started turning towards high-tech electronic equipment like on-board computers and digital instrument clusters. Some companies went as far as designing software that actually talked to the driver if a door wasn’t fully closed or if the oil level was low.  A lot of the driving aids that we take for granted today were born in the 1980s, even if they didn’t become widespread until much later.
 
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Driven: 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus

By Bradley Iger / August 22, 2014

The supercar, on a conceptual level, is an enticing proposition - a purpose built performance vehicle with exceptional capability and a striking aesthetic - a car that brings a sense of occasion to even the most mundane driving task. In practice however, there's a multitude of situations where that formula is less than ideal - like when you're hobbling along in traffic or when forced to traverse through some unforgiving city streets, for instance - and it becomes clear that the supercar formula was really designed for use under ideal driving conditions. But therein lies the brilliance of the R8 V10 Plus, because Audi has actually found a way to make it all work, satisfying just about every need that an enthusiast could want in a sports car while somehow also giving the R8 enough adjustability, subtly, and good manners to make this a supercar you could legitimately use every day.
 
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Rumor: McLaren 500S Will Be a 911-Fighting Mainstream Sports Car

By Winding Road Staff / August 18, 2014

Up until now, McLaren Automotive has been building supercars like the 650S (pictured) and P1 that are engineered - and priced - to go directly toe to toe with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. But with the P13, which is rumored to landing in showrooms early next summer and badged as the 500S, McLaren looks to be taking the fight to more mainstream sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Nissan GT-R, and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT.
 
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Fit All Your Weekend Gear In One Rolling Bag

Price: $199.95

The Trackside Gear Bag is constructed from 600d poly with a retractable pull handle and rugged high density wheels. The bag is designed to easily transport all of your safety gear with a large padded and lined main compartment and a separate padded helmet storage area. Multiple adjustable divider panels allow you to customize your storage. A separate top compartment allows you to isolate smaller accessories. Two compression straps and multiple grab handles help you easily transport your gear to and from the track.

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Preview: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

By Bradley Iger / August 13, 2014

Recently we heard rumors about a Hellcat flavored Charger making its debut soon, and now Chrysler has made its existence official. Normally we'd spare you the superlatives, but this new four-door Dodge boasts some particularly notable ones, as it is officially the quickest accelerating, fastest, and most powerful production sedan in the world.
 

Great Racing Rivalries of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties – 2015 Calendar

Price: $29.95 
 
A beautifully-done tribute to some of racing's great rivalries, the new-for-2015 Velocity calendar offers 12 months of stunning images of vintage Formula 1, Can-Am, and other top-shelf series from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Award-winning journalist and photographer Pete Lyons presents 24 images of great drivers and cars back in the day. This beautiful large-format and high-quality calendar is sure to please any racing fan or car enthusiast.
 

Rumor: Redesigned Chevrolet Volt to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

By Winding Road Staff / August 15, 2014

At the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, revealed plans to debut the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt in Detroit. Mahoney also showed off a teaser image of the redesign plug-in, giving us a look at the more sculpted decklid of the next car.
 
Expected to arrive in showrooms in late 2015, the new Volt will utilize a smaller 1.0-liter three cylinder gasoline engine in place of the current 1.4-liter mill that generates power for the electric motor. A third row of seats is expected to be added as well.
 

Team Winding Road Tackles America’s Longest Club Endurance Race

Price: $15.99

Everyone loves an underdog!

In The Big Engine That Could, a group of regular guys participates in The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest endurance race on the US road racing calendar.

Not only that, they have selected an unlikely beast of a car to race – the Ford Mustang – an American icon that is bigger and heavier and technologically simpler than the competition.

But they have a weapon, not exactly secret: the 450 hp Boss 302 V-8 from Ford Racing.

Will The Big Engine, and a lot of heart from Team Winding Road’s 16 crew members, be enough to finish this grueling race and possibly stand on the podium in class in the December 2013 running of the 25 Hours?

Win or lose, The Big Engine That Could will be a film of the process, the thrills and the problems of endurance racing, with behind the scenes coverage of the team's progress and plenty of in-car footage.

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WR TV: 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E Platinum

By Winding Road Staff / August 18, 2014

This week we're taking a look at Volvo's hot selling sporty crossover, which gets an updated powertrain lineup for 2015 to go along with last year's visual refresh. That powertrain update brings the company's new Drive-E engine family into the fold, which has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.
 
Like the S60 and V60 we tested earlier this year, when outfitted with the T6 engine as our tester here is, the 2.0-liter four cylinder mill sports both turbocharging and supercharging, bringing output to 302 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque - impressive numbers for that amount of displacement. The T6 is hooked up to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifting and manages to score fuel economy numbers of 22mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway, or 25 combined.
 

A Sleek Black Watch From Momo Design

SALE: $1,869.15

The Pilot XL Limited Edition displays a Swiss made automatic chronograph movement for elegant and reliable time telling. Perfect for the man on the move, this sleek timepiece is complete with 25 jewels — standout in a subtle way.

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