It feels an age since the days were long and ambient temperatures occasionally popped into double digits, so what better time to go back to mid-August when we shot the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe and our long-term Audi RS7 together on a 30-degree summer day. This shoot first featured in our Fast Fleet section in issue 280, but for this week’s gallery we’ve got some of the superb images that didn’t make it into print.
The shoot itself was fairly routine. Resident evo snapper Aston Parrott was running around in our Fast Fleet RS7 after lending his more practical Passat estate to dep ed Adam Towler for a summer holidays camping trip. It was planned that we’d meet up, me in a BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe for a shoot around roads local to evo Towers 2.0.
As is usually the case, Aston began with some statics while the cars were still clean from a wash earlier that morning, but given the radiant temperature of over 30 degrees, these two hot-V V8s sure lived up to their name, running their cooling fans full-chat while at maneuvering speeds.
Fronts, rears and details in the bag, it was time for some panning shots, which generally involves photographers like Aston crouching in hedges at the roadside while we lucky drivers sit in the air-conditioned and, in this case, extremely plush interiors of our two six-figure super saloon-come-coupes.
It’s quite tricky to make cars look dynamic on the road, but often a bit of body movement can help exaggerate the impression of speed without going too fast. In the RS7’s case, comfort mode proved extremely malleable, allowing the car to move about without breaking the limit.
After returning from a particularly sharp downhill section to meet Aston, we peer into the back of the camera and see the front wheel of the Audi very nearly off the road in the last cornering shot. Madness.
The BMW was more difficult to make lean at lower speeds. Its coil-springs are stiffer with less travel, it’s more composed yet feels bigger on the road, like you’re constantly avoiding skimming road-side hedges and cat’s eyes at the same time.
By late afternoon Stuart arrives, we wrap up a few last car-to-car tracking shots and twin-pans on the road before heading home with plenty of light to spare, such is the luxury of shooting cars over the summer months.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original ‘Hakosuka’ GT-R.
Ford‘s RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.