We’re in Scotland, so far north that it feels lawless. Any farther north and it becomes godless. We’ve been blessed with bright sunshine for three days straight, but fog is hiding the scenery this morning and photography is off the agenda. Thankfully visibility is good at road level, which means we can at least drive.
They share many a component, but the difference between the 570S and GT is all in the detail Despite this being the first time I’ve driven a 570GT, I’ve got an uncanny sense of deja-vu. Ever since I first sat in a car, I have like most people assimilated through hands, feet, backside, nose and … [Read more…]
Just like the P1 and the mighty F1 long before it, the 540C breaks new ground for McLaren. Far from being the fastest or most expensive car to come from Woking, though, the 540C is actually the slowest. And the cheapest. It’s also the least powerful, and the first to have a sub-200mph (322km/h) top … [Read more…]
McLaren’s road car ambitions nearly ended that tragic day in 1970 when Bruce McLaren lost his life testing a Can-Am racer at Goodwood. His daily driver was a prototype McLaren road car — the M6GT — which used a tuned Chevrolet V8 engine. It weighed less than a Mini, and had 10 times the power. … [Read more…]
There is only one fundamental question to answer here. Is it worth saving £17,000 – some 15 per cent – and having the 540C instead of the 570S? After all, you’ve still got 533bhp and 398lb ft, drops of just 29bhp and 45lb ft, and although McLaren has equipped it with a marginally different front … [Read more…]
Is McLaren’s most affordable car ever a cat amongst the usual sports car pigeons? For people who really care about the finer points of driving, the Mk5 Volkswagen Golf GTI was always a more appealing car than the faster, all-wheel-drive R32 model. Similarly, in Porsche circles the base-level 911 Carrera has often been considered the … [Read more…]
Getting here entailed six months of planning, days of driving and mild heatstroke. It was worth it… There is no such thing as a “practical supercar”. It’s a contradiction in terms on the same intellectual level as “moderate terrorist” or “diet cake”. The point of a supercar is to be impractical. Whimsical, even. Fantastical to … [Read more…]