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
I back off in Pavlovian surprise, a fountain of sickly dread already rising from somewhere sternum south, just as a heaving, buzzing, snarling herd of motorcycles comes streaming past like a giant muster of cow-sized wasps. All are doing more than 120mph. And then I remember. Legal. This is entirely legal.
We're on the Isle of Man during TT week practice, and the top part of the TT course is a one-way, speed-limit-free slice of life-in-own-hands heaven. TopGear has made the pilgrimage in two of the most exciting supercars of the past decade - the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C - to test them on real roads, at proper speeds. The ultimate contemporary head-to-head. The fact that I'm legally allowed to harass bikers just seems like a very big cherry on a gasoline-based cake.