Cabrio of the Year: 12C Spider
James takes the 12C Spider for a sprint through four seasons from Europe’s highest road to the beach…
Posted: 14 Jan 2013
I enjoyed one of those once-in-a-motoring-lifetime experiences driving up the mountains. The road was cut deftly into the rock face as if with one wandering stroke from the divine carpenter's rebating tool. The cloud that we'd been promised was rolling up the steep slope to my right, driven by the Sierra Nevada's notorious winds. Then the cloud crossed the road, but didn't drop into it. I found myself driving along the internal, horizontal side of a tunnel formed like the right-angled triangle of a geometry exercise, framed on the other two sides by the vertical rock face and the slanting canopy of solid white not 10 feet above my head. It was the driving equivalent of what I think is known as ‘piping' in surfing circles. I've never been more pleased to find myself in a car without a roof.
It was truly magical, lasting for maybe two minutes. Long enough for me to wonder if the experience could have been improved by a different car. It couldn't, to be honest. The McLaren 12C, in all its forms, is tremendous.
Maybe the only thing keeping me in a Ferrari is that Ican get out of it more easily.