Car pictures of the week

We take a look at some behind the scenes shots from this month’s BMW M4 track review at the Bedford Autodrome

It’s always a big deal when an all-new BMW M4 arrives, so when the time came to establish our definitive verdict in evo 284 (on sale now), it took two experts and two locations to come to a final conclusion. In this week’s gallery, we take a look behind the scenes at one of those locations, with some exclusive shots that didn’t make the current issue. 

The on-track part of our M4 Competition test was set at the Bedford Autodrome, where the wide open straights would allow John Barker the space to really stretch its legs. This also allowed John to properly explore the M4’s multitude of driver-engagement and traction control systems, including its drift analyser. 

BMW also brought along a set of optional Michelin Cup 2 tyres, in addition to the standard Pilot Sport 4Ss for a hot lap or two before the ceremonious melting of the tyres began. 

On hand to capture all the moments was staff photographer Aston Parrott, who’s first task that morning was to shoot a cover shot, which ultimately made the cut on both our newsstand and bespoke subscriber covers. The specific shot, as you’ll see above, was a fast, low tracking shot with the M4 close to its lockstops and smoke billowing out from the rear tyres.

To get it, it took impressive skill and patience from both driver and photographer, with John needing to ensure a consistent and predictable slide to ensure Aston could get his perfect frame. It’s only on closed circuits that images like this can be captured.

To find out what John thought of the new M4 Competition on track, make sure to grab the current issue of evo magazine (284) for the full review.  

 Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R. 

Gallery 8

Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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