TF: As Ollie says, there’s more nuance to this than just stats. But I have a conclusion - nitpicky though it is. The McLaren, I learn more about every single time I step into it. It requires time and effort to do it justice, an antidote to modern performance cars that do ‘it’ all for you. But because you can’t access all of its talents on the road (Race mode being track-only for full aero effect), I can’t in all honesty give it the win. I’m not a track head, so this wonderful, brain-melting car can’t be my number one.
The Porsche, on the other hand, is almost too usable. I know that sounds silly, but the idea of an ‘everyday hypercar’ really doesn’t chime with me. If I wanted an everyday car and had this kind of money, I’d drive a Range Rover or S-Class Merc daily and have something a bit more… wild for the weekend. Yes, the 918 fills the brief Porsche set itself to the brim: it feels like the most rounded car here and is the most technologically exciting and multidimensional. But it’s also not completely bonkers. A wee bit too clever for thick-headed me.
Which leaves me with the LaFerrari. Now I might be being a bit of a Luddite, but the Ferrari is the one that made my spine tingle. A purely personal application of want. To use that KERS tech to do nothing but supplement the transcendent V12 is not forward-thinking, but, by crikey, it’s wonderful. It drives like I imagined a supercar would drive when I was ten years old - leagues above common, laugh-out-loud fun, stupidly fast. I’m not a fan of the Ferrari brand, and I don’t think it’s actually the fastest - but the most hyper of the hypercars is, for me, the red one.
Which means we finish with an unexpected result: a single, unanimous winner. To be honest, there was no particular order to the other two, the arguments about the 918 and P1 settling into a comfortable cyclical argument about ferocity versus technology. And yes, as CT says, they are all so fast that you might as well pick the car that you prefer the look, or the brand image, of - you won’t exactly be left standing in any kind of race. But on these two days, through all these conditions and on these roads, there is one car that TG magazine would most like to take home. LaFerrari wins.