Top Gear meets Dario Franchitti
Triple Indycar champion, married to a movie star, car nut. Super Dario lets his driving do the talking in a Fezza face-off
Posted: 28 May 2012
We swap to the 458. "It's a brilliant thing, it really is. This gearbox is just outrageous how good it is, and the speed of the shift, but with a Ferrari half of it for me is the open-gate lever and working it all out. I like a car to challenge me, I'd rather be going 10mph slower in an F50 or 550, or 50mph slower in a Countach - I'd have one of those, I really would - but this, it's just so fast across the ground."
I'm glad of that a little later as we charge in convoy towards Callendar. I'm leading, Dario's menacing my mirrors in the F40. The 458 is devastating on this road - good enough that I can see how hard the F40 is having to work to keep up. And then suddenly it's not there any more. I pull over and wait, then turn round and find the F40 stationary. The battery's died. We have a quick chat about the best course of action, get it bump-started, and Dario potters to a conveniently sited pub a mile down the road.