Top Gear Speed Week: the misfits
Bowler EXR S, Vauxhall Maloo, Ford SuperSportVan, TG DeltaWang, McLaren GT and Honda race bike...
Posted: 30 Aug 2012
It is at this point that I am nailed, in no uncertain terms, by a McLaren GT car and a Honda race bike, one either side, and bloody moving. I give chase. And lose. Time to come clean: I can't ride a motorbike, and The Stig won't let me drive the McLaren, so I'm left flailing around behind them as they eviscerate our little circuit. The Big Mac - a bit like the Caterham SP - relies on downforce rather than power (it actually makes less bhp than the MP4-12C road car, thanks to inlet restrictors required for racing), and it seems to settle over 100mph. It just hunkers down and twists the corners around itself, rather than negotiating them in the traditional sense. It also takes wildly different lines to the bike, which is blisteringly quick on the straights, but seems to elasticate on the brakes and into the corners. Which is a bit of a surprise, seeing as the bloke heaving the bike is Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness. Holy crap, I'm watching The Stig take on JM, and the whole face off is fascinating.