Fiesta vs Clio: 1.0-litre hatch battle
Hammond loved his 3cyl Ford, but can it beat the tiny-engined Renault on British roads?
Posted: 17 Feb 2014
Ergo. Unleashing a million-horsepower supercar on an airstrip or great empty autobahn may generate some fine appendage-waving numbers, but (whisper it) right up until the point you unexpectedly depart your airstrip or great empty autobahn facing the wrong way in a ball of flames, it doesn't really feel especially fast. Too wide, too open, no reference points, nothing to give a sense of speed. A jumbo-jet take-off, no more.
But a grubby, potholed back road, close-lined by trees and hedgerows and badgers, now that feels fast. And here's the painful truth: on that sort of road, supercars don't work. Firstly, because supercars are too expensive and too big: unless you are possessed of Stig-spec disregard for repair bills, you drive in eternal terror that round the next corner lurks a tractor on the wrong side of the road, that you'll clang that boulder secreted among the foliage and sustain a five-figure repair bill.