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How do you really test a new sports car as important as the Lotus Emira? It’s a car that doesn’t just represent a new generation of Lotus, but an embodiment of the billion pound investment it’s received from owners Geely – the Chinese giant also responsible for the renaissance of Volvo and Polestar. In order to find out whether the new Emira lives up to the promise, we didn’t hold back. 

Our journey with the Emira started with a road-trip to Monaco, where Henry Catchpole came to terms with its touring capabilities along some of the continent’s most iconic roads – ones that helped define the brilliance of the Emira’s predecessors. But to really get under its skin, the Emira joined us at Anglesey Circuit in North Wales, where Jethro Bovingdon gives his ultimate verdict of its on-track capability.

We also brought along a range of other high performance cars to Anglesey, starting with the Ferrari SF90, the hybridised hypercar that we struggled to key into during last year’s evo Car of the Year test. Here, on track, with a support crew and seemingly endless sets of Michelin Cup 2R rubber, we sent Steve Sutcliffe out to try and get under its carbon skin in a way we hadn’t been able to get before. By way of severe contrast, we also rolled out the brilliant Lamborghini Huracan STO, to see if the supercar that blew all the judges away at eCoty would retain its shine when compared in context. 

John Barker also brought together three of the best current high performance cars and three of their more aggressive alter-egos to find out if professionally-modified versions of three already brilliant sports cars were actual improvements. We also had both PDK and manual versions of the 911 GT3 with us to ask the question of whether a dual-clutch is actually required to get the most out of a hardcore focused supercar around a race track, while Caterham were also on show with their latest 420 Cup, the ultimate distillation of the track car recipe. Also in this issue, Richard Meaden headed to Spa for the ultimate incarnation of the trackday to kick off the season with a few evo favourites and familiar faces. 

That’s not all in this month’s issue, though, because Peter Tomalin drives the next evo Icon, the brutish Bentley Continental T, Tom Salt’s the latest automotive photographer to be under the spotlight in our latest Life through a Lens feature, and we discover the backstory to Alfaholics’s Richard Banks in the latest edition of My Life and Cars. 

This is all in addition to our usual roster of brilliant content, including the latest ruminations from our esteemed columnists, first drives of Porsche’s future electric one-make racer, AMG’s first EV and a revival of a Bizzarini icon. 

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