• 25.09.2008

New Silverstone Shoot-outs

Ever wondered how a performance icon of the past would fair against its modern successor? We have, and for rather longer than is healthy, which is why we’re introducing a regular series of shoot-outs around Silverstone’s awesome GP circuit.

Taking the format of our new-look in-car telemetry laps we’ll give you each protagonist’s vital statistics before taking you for a flat-out ride around Silverstone’s challenging 3.2-mile lap. With two in-car camera views, external shots, lap data and corner-by-corner commentary (plus a written comparison and images in First Look) it’ll be the next best thing to being in the passenger seat with us.

The first to pair to square-up to one another are true heavyweight heroes: Vauxhall’s gruntmungous VXR8 saloon –now powered by the latest generation 6.2-litre LS3 V8- and its legendary ancestor, the mighty twin-turbocharged Lotus Carlton.

Given the Carlton is the best part of 20 years old the result should be a foregone conclusion, but there’s so little to choose between them on paper we’re really not sure which will prevail. That’s why we’d like you to have a guess yourselves, in our latest DR Club members’ competition.

Simply click on the LINK for the question and details of how to enter. It’s well worth doing, as the winner will be riding shotgun in a future Silverstone shoot-out. Good luck.