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
Yes, fast European motorways were part of the supercar story too. The autobahn, obviously – facilitator of unlimited speed since 1932 – but the French and Italian systems also predate the US Interstate network, and all have always been home to faster-moving cars than the Interstates. The idea of a rapid transcontinental trip has always been most significant in Europe, as exemplified by the band of tally-ho automobilists racing the Blue Train from Calais to the Riviera, back in the Twenties and Thirties. The romance of that sort of ground-covering is one of the reasons Europeans love fast cars at full throttle. The great American road trip is a far more leisurely thing altogether. And, actually, most Americans have long favoured aeroplanes over cars.