ON DRIVERS REPUBLIC

New Feature: BMW M3 v Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400

The Evo X has been criticised for being too soft, too compromised compared to its loony-tune ancestors. Not any more. The new FQ-400 is suitably bonkers. Problem is it’s now BMW M3 money…

DR TV: Jean Ragnotti tribute

We’ve managed to get our hands on some archive footage of Jean Ragnotti at the wheel of a variety of RenaultSport products. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

DR TV: Lamboghini LP560-4 Spyder first drive

Take one super-stiff, super-aggressive Lamborghini and chop off its roof… and you should get a bit of a wobbly irrelevance. But you know what? The LP560-4 isn’t so bad. Jethro Bovingdon drives it.

DR TV: Aston Martin V12 Vantage at the N24

Richard Meaden recently took part in the maddest race in the world – the Nürburgring 24hr, in one of the most exciting new cars on sale in 2009. See how he gets on in our two part video.

New Feature: Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV

The last time Lambo built an SV it was that old devil, the Diablo. Now, at last, the Murciélago receives the Super Veloce treatment. Prepare to sell your soul…

DR TV: Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce

The new SV is an even wilder, even faster version of the already insane Murciélago – we’re the first to drive it on track. Richard Meaden swallows a brave pill and tries to beat the GT2’s time around the Silverstone GP circuit

New Feature: Audi R8 V10

Audi’s R8 is a simply stunning car. Now with V10 power it might just be all the supercar you’ll ever need. Jethro Bovingdon drives it on road and track

DR TV: Super SUV shoot-out video

Are 500bhp SUVs a nonsense? Probably. Is Cadwell Park their worst nightmare? Yep. We gather together Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes ML63 AMG, BMW X6 xDrive50i and the new Audi Q7 6.0 TDI on one of the narrowest and most technical circuits in the UK to see which one is fastest, with the help of a mystery test driver…

DR TV: Focus RS v Megane R26.R at Silverstone

Ford’s new Focus RS is the hot-hatch of the moment, 300+ bhp through its front wheels and a passing resemblance to the WRC Focus that Mika Hirvonen drives. So it’s the king of the hill, right? Well let’s just see how it fares when compared with the much loved and absurdly talented Renaultsport Megane R26.R.

Plug in our trusty telemetry devices, bolt on the cameras and now let’s see which is quickest around Silverstone’s GP circuit.

New Feature: Lotus Evora – First Drive

This is a new Lotus, with a new chassis, a new engine and a big job on its hands. Richard Meaden discovers if the Evora is the revolution we’ve been waiting for, and if the Cayman is yesterday’s hero…

In the DR office..

It’s a regular occurance here at DR, cars get delivered and then collected. It was particularly painful this morning since it was the keys of a Megane R26.R that were being prised from our (i.e. Neil’s) hands. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a familiar face involved in today’s collection..