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
A slightly circumspect McGuinness lines up for the start, but the actual launch is perfection. The visor is slapped down, the revs build maniacally, and then the Honda 'Blade just grips and goes. There's hardly any wheelspin, and not much of a wheelie either - the whole bike is poised, balanced, in harmony with the guy giving the orders. He leaves his feet dangling down by the side of the bike for a surprisingly long time, until eventually he changes up. Bang, second gear. Feet find pegs and the front wheel touches back down a good 200 metres after the start, and even though that wheel was only four inches in the air, it still sends up a puff of tyre smoke. Like when a Jumbo comes in to land.