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 what about all the painted lines at the crossover point? My bike gets well out of shape over those," says a resolutely northern-accented John to a completely impassive helmet. Again, a nonplussed Stig. Turns out, the two disciplines simply register different issues. For instance, John has noticed all the points where two sections of tarmac overlap. Water has gathered, causing him grip issues. But, for a car - with well over twice as much contact patch (plus the inevitability of that aero) - it simply doesn't matter. They might as well be racing on different circuits. Soon enough, though, it's time to put up or shut up. The stopwatch comes out, and several people make sneaky side bets.