Through the sharpest part of Hammerhead. Sharp left, wind off the lock, a touch of throttle, sharp right. And… stop. Red light. Move away, avoid the bus coming in from the left. Check over the shoulder, edge alongside a white van. Big pothole now.
You might argue that taking a bunch of diesel saloons and sending them around our famous figure-of-eight test track is about the most pointless thing we could have done to vehicles whose purpose in life is mostly business travel and family life. Fun, but pointless. But when done at a suitably ambitious scale, we can bring you some actual Top Gear consumer advice. What scale? About 140:1.
Images: Mark Riccioni
This feature originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Top Gear magazine.