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
So when the modern supercar appeared in the late Sixties, the infrastructural enabler was already in place. Those long, fast, unencumbered continental motorways lay before the Miura and Daytona like a glistening blade into the future. They, in turn, were the perfect cars for the job. They might have had crap visibility and been reluctant to start in the morning, but there was nothing they liked more than arrowing towards the far horizon, their 12 pistons panting for joy.
Mountain roads, motorways, race tracks: to an engineer’s mind, these are the reasons the supercar took root and flowered in Europe. But they’re not the whole story. It’s been shaped by social and cultural matters too. A supercar isn’t necessarily the fastest mode from A to B along an autostrada or over the mountains, nor yet from A to A to A again round a race track. The Chevy Corvette and the Nissan GT-R and the Subaru Impreza are more than fine by those measures.