Hammond drives the icons: Lotus Esprit

The guys had their reasons: keen to cash in on F1 glamour, they linked the car with their F1 sponsor, Essex Petroleum. I'd have gone for the Lotus Esprit Petroleum myself, but, hey...

There are other reasons for the Essex moniker being a good fit: one look at the interior is enough to back it up as an entirely appropriate call. That's a lot of orange leather; it could be the face of any of those Essex people on TV. And it's been ruched to within an inch of its life. Settling into the driver's seat is like sitting on the wrinkled face of an Essex 60-a-day smoker. I should imagine. Once in, though, it's not all bad news.