Roger Daltrey drives the Lotus T125
Top Gear witnesses rock legend defy poor vision to pilot Sunday’s 640bhp F1-spec monster…
Posted: 01 Nov 2011
Any notion of it being a half-baked and poor man's Formula One racer is instantly abrogated when you fire it up. A whisper of smoke puffs out of the exhausts and a torrent of aural vengeance is unleashed from the Cossie's V8; a kind of supernatural sonic retribution that would be familiar to comic-book superheroes or, perhaps, Zeus. It's loud, guttural and magnificent.
First, James Rossiter warms up the single-seat T125 with a few hot laps to make sure everything's cooking. The aural thunder this thing conjures from that eight-pot is worth the price of admission alone and is surely one justification for creating a V8. Roger stands by the side, waiting patiently. James pulls in, leaps out with the enthusiasm of a young man, and ushers in The Who's formidable stage presence.