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
For a while, it refuses to be provoked. Instead, it awes me with its engine. Every little thing you do to the accelerator brings an answer, a mix of brutal force, coiled-spring urgency and impossibly delicate precision - the sort of thing that, even in 2012, only natural aspiration can bring. And with that the noise, a foot-mixed blend of bellicose exhaust, yowling intake and the tingling polyphony of the V12's rotating and reciprocating mechanisms. This engine is a special joy in itself, but, on top of that, because it hardwires tractive effort into your brain, it should open a window to new layers of cornering control.
Well, sort of. It starts out understeering. On the way into every bend, the front washes wide. That "Will it understeer in the Hammerhead?" line you hear from Jeremy every week isn't some hammed-up piece of TV jeopardy. It's very real. Most cars do, and the Lambo really, really does. It takes a solid, lengthy lift of the accelerator to get the car settled and pulling with all four, at which point it's hugely effective and full of feel. Fun, and, of course, the best solution for the road, but a bit one-dimensional on the track. (Later, I mention it to Jeremy, and he says Aventadors don't understeer. Then I jump in with him as he tries this one and agrees it does.)