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
And here's the thing. The McLaren is developed to the point where the driver is weirdly passive - he can't influence the car with his weight. But with the bike, John is the set-up. He makes up such a large proportion of the total weight that he's in charge. He's much more actively involved.
Which is one of the reasons why, on this outing, we find ourselves admiring the bike more than the car. Sure, the McLaren wins, comprehensively. But there's a caveat. The Stig and the McLaren are faster in absolute terms, but in TG's eyes, John is still the proper hero of the piece. It pains us to say this, but in a test of car versus bike and man versus machine, you empathise with the biker more. TopGear beats McGuinness. But McGuinness wins.