Richard Heseltine Jr
Editor / Tester
Wildest Porsches. Every Ruf from CTR to 850bhp Rt12R + the best of the rest. Ruf: for when standard Stuttgart just doesn’t cut it. Ruf justice Putting the efforts of the preemininent Porsche tuner to the test. Lighter! Faster! Madder! Better! Alois Ruf’s legendary tuning business became a constructor in its own right in ’1981, says Richard Heseltine as he samples five landmark monsters. Photography Tony Baker.
1000-Mile Masterpiece Cisitalia 202SC. The 202SC wears the same racing numbers it did at the 1949 Mille Miglia, where it finished 109th out of 303 starters. This Cisitalia 202SC was not only a rolling sculpture, but also a 1949 Mille Miglia entrant. Almost 70 years later, we experience its visual and mechanical virtues first-hand. Words Richard Heseltine. Photography Dirk De Jager.
Tour de france porsche 911 On track with Gérard Larrousse himself. Gerard Larrousse 911 call this retirement? This former works Porsche 911 is back in the hands of its former works driver Gérard Larrousse. Octane joins both on a test day Words Richard Heseltine. Photography Rémi Dargegen.
Zagato Maserati Elegant racebred GT tested. Zagato-bodied A6G/54 remains the marque’s ultimate GT. Something for the weekend. The arrival of the race-bred A6G/54 opened up a whole new roadgoing chapter for Maserati – and this Zagato-bodied variant surely remains the marque’s ultimate GT. Words Richard Heseltine. Photography Matthew Howell.
BMW’s hottest roadster driving the 400bhp Z8 E52. BMW’s searing Z8. The 507 lookalike is far more than just another retro-pastiche-wagen. Not just a case of history repeating. There's much more to the BMW Z8 than a retro rehash of the 507, says Richard Heseltine as he reacquaints himself with the fearsomely quick roadster that's rocketing in value. Photography Tony Baker.
This quartet pushed their own angular ideologies for a post-organic automotive design future. Former Jaguar, Lotus and TVR designer Oliver Winterbottom gives his acute opinion as he evaluates them line by razor-edged line. Words Richard Heseltine Photography Charlie Magee.
360bhp Murena 429GT driven Piste Beast. Murena 429GT We drive the 7.0-litre V8 behemoth whose remit was to combine Porsche driving appeal with estate car practicality and be cool enough to pick up girls. Built so two buddies could take their skis to the mountains and pick up girls, the Murena 429GT mixes outrageous styling with explosive performance. Words Richard Heseltine. Photography Lyndon McNeil.
Shock and AWE. Zagato’s crazy diamond: behind the wheel of the extreme Autech Stelvio. Autech’s stunning Stelvio. This forgotten coupé blends Zagato styling with Japanese engineering. With its extreme styling and twin-turbo V6, the Autech Stelvio is no shrinking violet. Richard Heseltine braves this Italian-Japanese hybrid. Photography Lyndon McNeil.
Future Classics: Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider. Alfa Romeo 916 Series. Five-car group test of GTVs and Spiders. Rising Stars. It’s still possible to find a bargain, low mileage 916 series Alfa Romeo – but is time running out? Story by Richard Heseltine. Photography by Michael Ward.
Lancia Florida concept car that shaped the future. 'The Florida ushered in the three-box approach to saloon cars as we know it' Pinin Farina's four-door foresight. The Lancia Florida was more than just a 1950s dream car. Its influence on design lived on for decades Words Richard Heseltine. Photography: Mark Dixon.