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
Plant the throttle, and it belts along like a lunatic, auto 'box crashing through the ratios while yet another side-exit exhaust gutters and spits. Despite being two feet too high for comfort, it doesn't really lean through corners, and, for a while, all I seem to do is howl around understeering gracelessly. There's immense shove and plenty of grip from the huge sports SUV tyres, but I can't quite gel. Until, that is, I just take the car and treat it ridiculously harshly, lobbing it into corners like a rally car on gravel. And then the Bowler comes alive, wandering around under hard braking, oversteering neatly on the exit. It's completely insane. It makes you feel like you could take on the world. You probably could. I keep lapping until we're forced to shut the track, and the grin is back. And, this time, it's rictus.