Saturday, 9.05am This was meant to be the easy, glamorous leg. Collect Aventador Roadster from Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata headquarters, bumble over to Maranello to intercept one Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and one Jason Barlow, drink many coffees, glide effortlessly over the Alps to convene with Team Britain and die Deutschländer at the Circuit de Charade.
But this is Top Gear, so things aren’t going smoothly. Trapped in rush-hour morning traffic on the road from Sant’Agata to Maranello with the temperature outside already touching 40°C, photographer Rowan and I and many bags are wedged into the Aventador. The Aventador’s roof is up. The Aventador’s aircon is not working. That 691bhp V12 is churning out volcanic heat, and the temperature in the cabin has reached, at a conservative estimate, at least 100°C. I am wondering if one can be waterboarded by one’s own sweat.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle