McLaren MP4-12C vs Ferrari 458 Italia
It's the twin test of 2011: Ferrari vs McLaren on the Isle of Man, without limits...
Posted: 14 Jul 2011
There was a white McLaren MP4-12C occupying my rearview mirrors not so long ago, stooping at apexes with the commitment and authority of an F-15 on a strafing run, but even though the driver has more skill, he also possesses a greater sense of self-preservation. As well he might; there are walls and lamp posts and cliff-type carnage awaiting those who allow ego to overwhelm ability. The change-up lights on the upper rim of the steering wheel click into place one by one, swelling the former but not - unfortunately - enhancing the latter, and the Ferrari's naturally aspirated V8 starts making a noise that'll curl your toes and straighten your hair. Sixth gear, lots of rpm.
I don't dare glance at the speedo.