Motor Trend Names Porsche 911 Carrera S 2012 Best Driver’s Car
El Segundo, Calif. (August 23, 2012) – Source Interlink Media, LLC (SIM) announced today that Motor Trend has selected the Porsche 911 Carrera S as its 2012 Best Driver’s Car. The award announcement, made through an extensive feature on MotorTrend.com and a special presentation on the Motor Trend YouTube Channel, is the centerpiece of Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car Week. Earlier in the week, all nine of this year’s contenders were highlighted in their own exclusive hot lap video on the Motor Trend YouTube Channel, complemented by extensive trackside notes on MotorTrend.com.
To determine the 2012 Best Driver’s Car, each of this year’s invitees — collectively worth nearly $1.3 million — were pushed, prodded, and pressured at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and out on the open road in a definitive quest to uncover the one vehicle that offers enthusiasts the most engaging and rewarding driving experience possible. In addition to the hot laps and road loops, a full suite of performance data was collected and evaluated by the Motor Trend test team using some of the industry’s most advanced equipment.
Established in 2009, the Best Driver’s Car competition has grown into a massive, six-day production. A crack staff of 25 editors, photographers, video producers, and championship-winning race driver Randy Pobst were deployed in order to properly test, review, and film the nine-car field.
“Best Driver’s Car is the highest honor Motor Trend gives to a performance vehicle, which is the main reason it is so coveted across the industry,” said Ed Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. “Congratulations to Porsche and its 911 Carrera S for beating out such a diverse, yet uniformly excellent field this year. We had a fantastic time pushing these cars to the limit, and the 911 Carrera S certainly rose to the top of a very elite group.”
In addition to the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S, this year’s Best Driver’s Car competition included:
- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
- 2012 Jaguar XKR-S
- 2012 Lamborghini Aventador
- 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
- 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
- 2013 Subaru BRZ
Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car Week will conclude tomorrow with the World’s Greatest Drag Race 2. Viewers will be treated to a special bonus as the nine cars tested during Best Driver’s Car Week are pitted against each other in an ultimate display of speed and raw power as they race through the quarter mile to the checkered flag. Video of the drag race is available by visiting the Motor Trend YouTube Channel.
Motor Trend invites readers to take an in-depth look into the 2012 competition; the printed story will appear in the November issue of the magazine hitting newsstands October 11. Readers can also visit Motor Trend online to view videos and complete analysis of the field immediately at MotorTrend.com or by visiting the brand’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/motortrend and its Facebook page at Facebook.com/motortrendmag.
About Motor Trend Magazine:
Motor Trend, part of Source Interlink Media, LLC, was founded in 1949 and has a circulation of 1.1 million and a total readership of 7 million. Internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in automotive publishing, MOTOR TREND comprises Motor Trend Magazine; the award-winning website motortrend.com; the Motor Trend YouTube Channel; Motor Trend Radio; Truck Trend; Motor Trend Classic; Motor Trend International Auto Shows; Motor Trend en Espanol; and the renowned Motor Trend Car, Truck and SUV of the Year Awards program.
About Source Interlink Media
Source Interlink Media, LLC is the premier source of special interest media in the United States. With more than 75 publications, 100 Web sites, 800 branded products, 50+ events, and TV and radio programs, SIM is the largest provider of content to enthusiast communities interested in automotive, action sports, home theater and other niche activities. The division’s strategy is to wholly focus on targeted audiences by leveraging and expanding upon its core market-leading brands through a multiplatform media approach.