The sun is fading now. It’s dropping quickly behind the distant mountains, lighting up the desert dust in the atmosphere into an impossibly gorgeous wash of pinks, reds, purples and blues. But we haven’t got time to dwell on that now. We are still steaming around the big track at The Thermal Club in search of answers in three of the most sought-after and spectacular cars on sale – or nearly on sale – in the US: Chevy’s techno tour de force, the Corvette Stingray Z06, wearing the de rigueur Z07 upgrade package; the all-conquering Dodge Viper ACR, fresh from setting more than 10 outright lap records at circuits around the US; and the king muscle car of the year, the mind-warpingly awesome and hand-built Mustang Shelby GT350R.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.