Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from Curbside Classic, Racer and PopSci.
Tatra 603 – This Could Have Been The First New Post War Cadillac, Olds, Studebaker, Or? — Curbside Classic
What a cool car this was, right?
With a little imagination (not in short supply here), this could be the 1949 Cadillac or Oldsmobile. In the mid-late thirties, radical innovations in aerodynamics, rear engines, front-wheel drive, unibody construction and other re-imaginings of the conventional car spurted forth like a geyser of creativity. The Europeans mostly led the charge, and put some of the most advanced ideas into production, like the seminal streamliner, the Tatra 77 of 1934.
Juan Pablo Montoya's move to Team Penske, Tony Kanaan's move to Ganassi Racing, Sebastien Bourdais' move to KVSH Racing, James Hinchcliffe's free agency and Ganassi Racing's unexpected departure from Honda have given IndyCar fans plenty to chew on during the past month, and more is on the way as RACER has learned Andretti Autosport is planning to announce its return to Honda next season during a press conference at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway on Friday.
How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track - Popular Science
Yep, electrics going racing. It's a thing.
Rod Millen flips down the visor on his helmet, inches toward the flagman, and sights down the strip of tarmac that leads to the starting line. The road ahead bends right—the first of 156 turns over the next 12.42 miles—and climbs quickly out of sight. The finish line is the 14,110-foot summit of Colorado's Pikes Peak, an unforgiving mountain that's tempted racecar drivers with both glory and disaster for the past 91 years. Millen has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb nine times, and he set the course record in 1994. His son, Rhys, set another record last year, reaching the summit in a scorching 9 minutes and 46 seconds; Millen thinks he can beat it.