now that the 14th running of our lightning lap track test at virginia international raceway (vir) is behind us, we've had time to sit back and reflect on our annual stress test of some of the quickest sheetmetal available today.
a mini john cooper works gp set the quickest lap we've recorded by any front-wheel-drive car. the porsche taycan turbo s is the first ev to have made it the 4.1 miles without overheating. the mid-engine corvette proves why putting engines behind the seats is great for lap times. we also learned that a 760-hp ford mustang is scarier on the street than on the track.
and, not surprisingly, another porsche 911 cracked the all-time top 10.
join us as deputy editor for reviews and seasoned lightning lap pilot tony quiroga sits down with print director eric tingwall to talk about the supra 2.0's brakes–or lack thereof–and testing director dave vanderwerp's high-speed tank slapper in the mercedes-amg cla45 exiting turn 11.
deputy testing director k.c. colwell fills us in on why reading the mclaren 765lt’s owner's manual is a must, while technical editor david beard talks about what it's like to wrangle the most powerful factory mustang to ever roll off the production line.
okay, we know it's an hour long. but once we start talking about the best work week of the year, it's hard to shut us up.
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