Hammond drives the icons: Honda Civic Type R

So it's format-basic, and balances on the limit of power a front-wheel-drive car can handle without complex diffs to sort things out. But it never feels like it's on the ragged edge.

The word fizzy was actually invented specifically for this car. The noise is raucous and busy, and gets a lot busier moving up the rev range as the VTec zone is entered and clever stuff happens. The suspension feels great too; it is, again, just on the right side of frantic. And the whole package feels special, as though a lot of careful thought has gone in behind the scenes to make sure it can fizz and pop and sparkle without falling apart or encouraging you to make a Civic-shaped hole in a farmer's fence.