TG Speed Week: The Supercars
McLaren MP4-12C. Lamborghini LP700-4. Noble M600. 1,942bhp, three cars and one very worried-looking journalist
Posted: 11 Apr 2013
The McLaren is familiar, and yet not. Whenever TopGear drives one, a lengthy phone call ensues from one or other of the big cheeses at Woking asking what could be made better. They don't just share a building with the Grand Prix team, they share a thirst for continuous improvement. Even while we're driving it, they announce that the next cars will get - oh yes! - a proper door-opening button. And 25bhp extra is on its way, which sounds impressive, but, of course, it's only four per cent, and, frankly, I doubt I'd notice, since it's already a gut-wrenchingly accelerative thing. What does matter is that this car already has the previous round of modifications: sharper and more progressive response to the throttle, and a recomposed noise to provide the soundtrack its thrust so richly deserves.
It just howls now, coming out of Chicago, absolutely catapulting towards the Hammerhead, a sawtooth wail as the super-quick DSG spits through the gears and zaps 8,500rpm over and over until the ‘brake' boards loom and I stand on the pedal, the rear-view instantly orange as the spoiler leaps erectto the airbrake position.