Ed speak

Evo - - NEWS - @ stu­artg917 Stu­art Gal­lagher, Ed­i­tor

THE ART OF ROAD TEST­ING IS NOT ONE THAT EVO takes lightly. We cover thou­sands of miles on road and track to pull to­gether the fairest and most thor­ough tests we can. On oc­ca­sion, when a car goes pop (yes, it does still hap­pen) or pulls a sickie half­way through a test, we’ll wait un­til we can do the test again rather than fudge it with what we al­ready have. And evo has never been one to try to fig­ure a new car down a mo­tor­way slip-road dur­ing a launch event, just so we can be first with a half-hearted re­sult. And we won’t send some­one to col­lect lunch in a car and then ask them to write a road test off the back of it, ei­ther.

This is why evo’s new road test ed­i­tor, James Dis­dale, has spent the last three months in a dark­ened room fine-tun­ing the road­test­ing strategy for our new Supertest for­mat. The changes he’s made are all in the de­tail and if his in­struc­tions have been fol­lowed cor­rectly you should barely no­tice the dif­fer­ence be­tween new and old. What you will no­tice is a more de­tailed, thor­ough and en­ter­tain­ing test de­liv­er­ing the strong­est pos­si­ble ver­dict.

One el­e­ment we have es­chewed is the rolling road. We wanted to use one, but a num­ber of op­er­a­tors rec­om­mended we didn’t go near that can of worms. With to­day’s engine maps ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing when a car is on rollers and ad­just­ing power de­liv­ery ac­cord­ingly, we’d need to ask each man­u­fac­turer to at­tend the rolling-road ses­sion to up­load a spe­cific map to al­low the car to per­form for the con­di­tions and de­liver ex­actly the re­sults we’d all be ex­pect­ing, i.e. what the man­u­fac­turer claims. In our eyes, this would make the process flawed (‘man­u­fac­turer tunes car to per­form as ex­pected’ shocker!) and there­fore ir­rel­e­vant.

Rest as­sured, too, that the evo Supertest won’t be re­served for the higher ech­e­lons of the per­for­mance car world. From su­per­mi­nis to su­per­cars, we will en­deav­our to de­liver the only group-test re­sults that mat­ter. As we al­ways have done.

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