Britain’s special forces earn their spurs, it’s said, by being abandoned on some blasted Scottish heath armed only with their underpants. If they manage to fashion a weatherproof garment out of thistle and subsist on the right berries for three days, they’re in.
Granted, arriving by Ryanair isn’t the ideal jumping-off point and we’re fully dressed, but still, we have a suitably punchy mission statement: deliver the new Lamborghini Huracán to Europe’s highest paved road, shoot and return, all within the space of 20 hours. Veleta, our target, lies in the middle of the squiggliest of contour lines on the map, deep in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Pico del Veleta is just shy of 11,150 feet, although the access road stops some way short of that. That’s high. Our route will speed us on the motorway through some spectacular sun-bleached vistas, before turning seriously twisty and oxygen-thin. No one outside Sant’Agata will have driven the car further or harder.
Pictures: Jamie Lipman
This article was originally published in the June 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine