Europe in a 333kph McLaren 12C

An edginess it lacked when the MP4-12C was first released, but this new version, the result of McLaren’s Formula One attitude to continuous improvement, is blessed with an extra 25bhp that you hardly feel because there were so many horses before, and a better noise and cleaner responses that you absolutely do feel.

The landscape, emptied by the winter’s chill of colour and free from humanity, is rent asunder by this blazing streak of orangeness and roaring noise, a sudden firework that’s gone almost before it came. But there are long-term resonances, because this road (and others like it all across the continent) is one of the reasons why, in an issue of Top Gear devoted to the seven continents, only Europe could be the continent of the supercar. Manufacturers here defined the genre.