It certainly is forgiving. A brief few laps of Silverstone shows the car to have a neutral balance. Though this GRDC G40 R isn’t set up for neck-snapping acceleration - remember, it’s built for beginners of a certain age - it’s still quick, the steering was delightfully pointy and there’s ample opportunity to explore the limits of your own ability, be it apex-splitting nirvana or ham-fisted hoonery all over the place. It won’t spit you out if you’re overzealous in your inputs (unless you’re a complete novice, that is), and just feels very friendly. Cuddly. Once you get over the noise, the harnesses and the non-sanitised steering, of course. The manual gearbox feels quick-witted (the sequential one gets you an even better ‘racing feel’, fast on the shifts, too, and it’s just a joy to punt around in. The faster, 2.0-litre 200bhp G40 R is even nicer.
Though we imagine that noise and the racing floor-mounted pedal box might be a bit much if you’re just pootling along the A40, because of course, it’s road legal. You could - if you’re a masochist - take it to Tesco’s. The suspension is compliant, though the brakes are unservoed - as in, they don’t come with any hydraulic assistance - so you have to give them a proper stomp otherwise, well, you’ll be very intimate with surrounding greenery.