A crisp seven-degree chill greets me as I pocket my Oyster card and exit the tube in west London. I’m making the most of it. I’ve just completed the first tiny hop in a mammoth 1,500-mile journey, and the destination will be a tad parkier than seven Celsius. The plan is to drive TopGear’s long-term BMW i8 from the office to Kall in the Swedish midlands, and rendezvous in icy Scandinavia with a smörgåsbord of cars for our TG Sub Zero spectacular. Clearly an undertaking that requires considered preparation, so I’ve topped up with super-unleaded and charged the i8 overnight. Winter tyres are fitted; a cursory kick confirms the Bridgestone Blizzaks are inflated. Yesterday, I even took the i8 to the car wash - worth 5mpg at least.
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the April 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine