Sam Philip: It’s tough to top the Scottish Highlands on a cloudless summer’s evening, sun shimmering off still lochs, Britain’s tallest mountains fringing the horizon. Unless, that is, you’re in the Scottish Highlands on a cloudless summer’s evening with seven of 2012’s finest performance cars, ticking themselves cool after two days of driving on perfect, near-empty roads.
Ollie Marriage: We’re in Fort William with a distinguished shortlist: McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 Carrera S, BMW M5, Lotus Exige S, Radical SR3 SL, Toyota GT86 and Ford Focus ST. Not the definitive winners of our Dunsfold face-offs, but the cars we thought could best handle the 500-mile slog north, and then do the business on Scotland’s roads as well.
SP: So it’s down to me - a driver ably representing the ‘enthusiastic but limited’ quotient - and Oliver Marriage, Top Gear’s Officer of Oversteer and possessor of the most aerodynamic head in Europe, to distil the findings of Team Scotland into something logical and semi-literate over a couple of pints of something brown and liquid that claims to be beer but smells strongly of meat.
OM: Is it haggis?
Words: Sam Philip and Ollie Marriage
Photography: Jamie Lipman
This feature was originally published in the August 2012 issue of Top Gear Magazine