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
So there you go. From the mouth of a man who really should know: there are cars out there that can keep up with bikes. There's just one small issue, which is that to beat an off-the-peg £11.5k sportsbike like the Firebade John was using, you'd have to spend the thick end of £170k on a McLaren MP4-12C. Whichever way you cut it, that's still a hell of a victory for biker punch-per-pound. Dammit.
But that doesn't satisfy. It's all very well deciding that a bike is faster than a car on a smooth race circuit, but the real world is a haphazard place, and I'm yet to fall off a car. And there's still the question of which is better: Ferrari or McLaren. Back out on the Mountain TT course to decide between our pair of bike-worrying supercars, and canvass local opinion on which is better.