John McGuinness vs the McLaren MP4-12C
TT legend John McGuinness races the Stig (plus McLaren) around the Top Gear track
Posted: 25 Sep 2012
But as soon as it's rolling, things get interesting. The GT's sequential gearbox sounds like a rifle shot - McGuinness's changes were fast, but The Stig is banging through the 'box so quickly that it's a wonder his hands can move the paddles that fast. The racing car starts to build speed. It turns out it has a lot of speed to build. The V8 wail dies as the orange blur darts around the furthest edges of the track, and then suddenly the car appears at the fast Tyre Wall left-hander. It's still slightly hesitant - I wonder whether there's enough heat in the tyres yet - but the revs don't flicker as much as John's. And as it comes towards us, we hear the noise. Where the Honda howls and screams, the McLaren's turbo is actually louder than the engine, whistling like an atomic kettle. Neat and tidy through the last two corners, and across the line.