Author

Richard Porter
MG ZT XPower 385 – Dead on arrival
MG ZT XPower 385
Features

MG ZT XPower 385 – Dead on arrival

MG Rover’s collapse put paid to plans for a 385bhp production version of the Prodrive‑developed, rear-drive V8 Rover 75
2 Dec 2021
'I wither inside when someone tells me their car is 'called Terry''
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'I wither inside when someone tells me their car is 'called Terry''

Ascribing human qualities to a car is just silly, says Richard. Unless it’s his Jaguar I-Pace
10 Nov 2021
Honda NSX V10 – Dead on arrival
Honda NSX V10
Honda NSX

Honda NSX V10 – Dead on arrival

Just one year after it was first spotted testing at the Nürburgring, Honda’s front-engined V10 replacement for the original NSX was dead in the water
28 Oct 2021
Yamaha OX99-11 – Dead on arrival
Yamaha OX99-11
Features

Yamaha OX99-11 – Dead on arrival

Drawing comparisons with McLaren’s F1, Yamaha’s $1m OX99-11 supercar promised light weight, V12 power and a central driving position
23 Sep 2021
'The key to autonomous driving is obvious to anyone with half a brain'
Porter
opinion

'The key to autonomous driving is obvious to anyone with half a brain'

Porter's a fly on the wall in a critical moment within the biggest automotive R&D's quest for autonomous driving success
14 Sep 2021

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Lotus Esprit – Dead on arrival
Lotus Esprit
Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit – Dead on arrival

Whilst Lotus’s 2010 Esprit concept never made it past the styling stage, there was a fully functioning prototype of its all-new in-house hybrid V8
19 Aug 2021
‘I was given Murray Walker’s number and invited to ring him at home. A voice answered. That voice’
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

‘I was given Murray Walker’s number and invited to ring him at home. A voice answered. That voice’

Murray Walker disproved the adage about never meeting your heroes, says Porter
3 Aug 2021
Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival
Jaguar F-type Dead on arrival
Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival

In the early noughties, Jaguar had a second stab at a successor to the iconic E-type, even proposing a V6 mid-engined Boxster rival. But once again it…
15 Jul 2021
Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival – pictures
Jaguar F-type Dead on arrival
Features

Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival – pictures

Images of the Jaguar F-type DOA
15 Jul 2021
It’s time for some home truths about the Toyota GR Yaris, reckons Porter
Richard Porter opinion
Toyota GR Yaris

It’s time for some home truths about the Toyota GR Yaris, reckons Porter

‘It looks stretched and contorted, like someone who’s had too much cheap plastic surgery’
22 Jun 2021
Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival
Triumph Lynx
Features

Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival

With a 3.5-litre Rover V8 under the bonnet and TR7 fastback styling, the Lynx could have been British Leyland’s answer to the Ford Capri
18 Jun 2021
Caterham C120 – Dead on arrival
Caterham C120
Alpine A110

Caterham C120 – Dead on arrival

A lack of funding may have killed Caterham’s dream of a new sports car, but its tie-up with Renault did help spawn the brilliant Alpine A110
22 May 2021
The twists and turns of a new Netflix drama have got Porter gripped
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

The twists and turns of a new Netflix drama have got Porter gripped

‘The series is based around a rag-tag cast of characters forced into a crazy struggle for survival’
12 May 2021
Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
'Look beyond the obvious and the Land Rover Discovery has an appealing skill set'
Richard Porter opinion
Land Rover Discovery

'Look beyond the obvious and the Land Rover Discovery has an appealing skill set'

Driven with a gentle touch this chunky bus will swoop across the countryside feeling imperious
17 Mar 2021
'It’s time for some hard truths about motor racing’s influence on road cars'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'It’s time for some hard truths about motor racing’s influence on road cars'

Even long-standing teams with road car divisions might struggle to point out where the tech transfer lies
16 Feb 2021
Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival
Porsche 965
Porsche

Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival

In the second instalment of our series looking at evo cars that never made production, we spotlight a troubled 911 Turbo successor that fell victim to…
3 Feb 2021
'Traction control, ABS, airbags, lights, – one press of a button and they're all off. We're better off without them'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'Traction control, ABS, airbags, lights, – one press of a button and they're all off. We're better off without them'

The Common Sense Car offers a glimmer of hope for British sports car lovers
19 Jan 2021
Lamborghini Canto – Dead on arrival
Lamborghini Canto profile
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Canto – Dead on arrival

It’s the Lamborghini Diablo replacement that some considered to be the work of the Devil himself
7 Jan 2021
'How do most people choose their next car? The answer is depressingly simple'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'How do most people choose their next car? The answer is depressingly simple'

The entire basis of modern consumerism might be underpinned by the sheer mass of folk who can’t be arsed
5 Jan 2021
'A Lamborghini Aventador is pure showtime, and the way it speaks to my young son demonstrates that to a T'
Richard Porter opinion
Lamborghini Aventador

'A Lamborghini Aventador is pure showtime, and the way it speaks to my young son demonstrates that to a T'

Does Porter like the Aventador? No, but his boy doesn’t need to know that
22 Sep 2020
Porter seeks enlightenment on one of the most mystifying issues in motoring
Richard Porter opinion
Cupra

Porter seeks enlightenment on one of the most mystifying issues in motoring

"You cannot stop now!" Jesus shouted. "Your soul will not rest if you do not find the answer you need!" 
18 Aug 2020
'It's conceivable that the spiritual home of the supercar could have become not Modena, but Macclesfield'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'It's conceivable that the spiritual home of the supercar could have become not Modena, but Macclesfield'

The early days of the supercar in an alternate reality that's also strangely familiar...
21 Jul 2020
'I'd forgotten how much you discover about a car when you have to rub your hand over every panel' 
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'I'd forgotten how much you discover about a car when you have to rub your hand over every panel' 

Wash and learn - there's still life in the old car-design ways 
23 Jun 2020
Are these the worst cars of evo Car of the Year?
Features

Are these the worst cars of evo Car of the Year?

For every eCoty winner there’s also a bottom-of-the-table loser. So what were the cars that limped home last during the past 21 years, and – more impo…
21 Jun 2020
'The most memorable drives are rarely just about the car'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'The most memorable drives are rarely just about the car'

Turning that tenner for the pub into petrol for my very own car was well, well worth it just to keep that first drive going
26 May 2020
'Australia fell out of love with Holden, and it’s paid the ultimate price'
Porter
Opinion

'Australia fell out of love with Holden, and it’s paid the ultimate price'

The Commodore was a symbol of an old Australia, of mulleted blokes in vests skulling VB and rocking over-engined cars
28 Apr 2020
evo encyclopedia: the world of fast cars from A to Z
Features

evo encyclopedia: the world of fast cars from A to Z

Every month evo columnist and TV script writer (from a motoring TV show you might have heard of before) Richard Porter debunks automotive jargon
6 Apr 2020
'Everything you always wanted to know about wipers (but were too sensible to ask)'
Porter
opinion

'Everything you always wanted to know about wipers (but were too sensible to ask)'

Car companies employ people whose entire job is wipers, and it's more complicated than you might assume
1 Apr 2020
Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…
Porter
Hot hatchbacks

Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…

In just a few weeks our mate had got a car, learnt to drive it and then broken it beyond repair. It was textbook
6 Mar 2020
'Horse power, rum coves and the faint whiff of manure…'
Porter
Classic cars

'Horse power, rum coves and the faint whiff of manure…'

The motor car comes with several drawbacks, chief among which is meeting the appetite of the blasted things
18 Feb 2020
'Jaguar has a swish new design studio, but could it make Jag’s designs less swish?'
Porter
opinion

'Jaguar has a swish new design studio, but could it make Jag’s designs less swish?'

The higgledy-piggledy old place turned out some of the best-looking cars in the world
21 Jan 2020
'Want to become a motor racing legend? Lose the Terry Thomas ’tache'
Porter
opinion

'Want to become a motor racing legend? Lose the Terry Thomas ’tache'

Fernando Alonso was morphing into Dave Grohl by way of Laurence Llwelyn-Bowen
11 Dec 2019
'The curse of a creak can really take the shine off a great car'
Porter
Opinion

'The curse of a creak can really take the shine off a great car'

The mystery creak is the sole reason I've thought about selling it, or setting the damn thing on fire
13 Nov 2019