Appropriately, there’s a gold button at the base of the F-Type’s centre console. Sir Chris Hoy presses it. This is only right. The angry bark of a supercharged V6 is deafening, magnified hugely as it echoes back from the confined studio walls. Then, just as suddenly, it’s gone.
“Didn’t expect that,” Sir Chris says into the silence, a tinge of pink colouring his features. “Makes a great noise though, eh?” he smiles. “Nice steering wheel, too - for me, that’s an important thing, just the feel of it. If you get one that’s too big or you can’t access the paddles properly…”, he pulls a face, adding, “Hey, but it’s a bit special in here: you feel like you’re cocooned, and it’s definitely a step on from the XKR in terms of the interior. Seats feel nice, too,” he says, wriggling his wide shoulders. “Good to see it looking like the concept. Is there still talk of the hybrid engine?”
Words: Ollie Marriage
Photos: Joe Windsor-Williams/Ripley & Ripley