The Circuit de la Sarthe is a scary place when it's dark and wet
Last weekend we popped down to France to bless your eyes with a mega gallery of flame-spitting vintage car loveliness from the Le Mans Classic. However, in between two night races, we managed to sneak a quick ride round the circuit in Jaguar’s new, £135,000 limited edition Project 7 (above).
And boy, we’ve got respect for the helmsmiths who’ve got to wield pre-war cars down the oil-slathered track during the dead of night. Heading out at night is a completely different and slightly spooky experience. The Bugatti Circuit is reasonably manageable as it’s pretty well lit. But as soon as you hook right out of Tertre Rouge and onto the monstrous Mulsanne Straight it all changes. It becomes eerily quiet, devilishly dark and fearsomely fast.
Unfortunately, because it’s so new, the Project 7 was restricted to only 150mph as it’s yet to have its aero signed-off. That meant we couldn’t see if the claimed 186mph was legitimate. But, thanks to the lack of roof, we did get to hear the 567bhp, 5.0-litre V8 bark, crackle and pop it’s way through Indianapolis and down to the Porsche Curves. That, we can confirm, does sound good.
But now we’re just pleading with them to get behind the wheel. And when we do we’ll bring you the report first here on TG.com. As you’ve got a while to wait you may as well check out all our coverage from the Classic here. Trust us, it’s better than twiddling your thumbs.