Gallery: Europe in a 207mph McLaren 12C
Paul Horrell continues our world tour with the only continent that can lay claim to the supercar title…
Posted: 18 Apr 2013
Of course, Europe isn’t the only continent with twisting hill roads, but Europe’s mountains form natural barriers to commerce between great countries and ancient population centres, so Europeans have been maintaining those roads since well before the era of motor travel. When the supercar came along, it had to be able to make sense of the corners.
That chimed with European motorsport venues too. Nowhere else had the road races, or had built so many circuits to simulate roads with corners. What we simply call circuits, Americans call street circuits so as to distinguish them from the ovals or drag strips that make up so much of their motorsport. So if supercars have to pay homage to motorsport, then for Europe that means an ability to negotiate corners at a pace.