Which front engine, rear-wheel drive car is
more entertaining on a circuit? Is it this, the GT86, or is it a car that costs, in the
spec we’ve got here, £260,000 rather than under 30,000 quid – and is the Ferrari F12?
Does power and speed talk to you more than feedback, feel, and just good honest
fun? Okay, so what is the GT86 like around Snetterton? Well, it’s quite a quick circuit
but the car does not feel underwhelmed on it.
There are a couple of corners where you notice the relative paucity of power but by and large,
because it’s fairly skinny-tyred, they’re not massively sticky tyres either. It’s actually
adjustable all the time; there’s loads of communication through the steering and you
get a very slight trace of understeer (I mean very, very slight) on the way in followed
by just absolutely as much oversteer as you want.
This car has a reputation for being a drift monkey. It really does flow with a just nice
balance. You can just drive it on neutral steer if you want to, or have it on full-opposite
lock too (it will be an arm full) if you really want to.
God, that is pretty lovely; it all happens relatively modest, attainable, you take your
hands off the wheel and chat to a camera sort of speed. Right then, a deep breath; 730bhp
of Ferrari F12, which revs to eight and a half thousand revs with all the driving edge
turned off. Fast, fast, fast, right. Break before the 300 yard marker on the first lap,
I think. Just a little bit of sideways-ness on the exit. It just straightens it with the
throttle because that’s how much power this thing has.
Just walk it out of there. When you get this thing straight it accepts loads of traction.
It’s only if it is mid-corner will it really unstick the rear. Once it’s straight it will
accept full power very well. The thing is there’s so much oomph you can just sort of
send it sideways anywhere in any gear. When they say it’s adjustable they aren’t kidding. Am I having ten times as much fun as GT86? No, I’m probably not, but this is more challenging to drive than a GT86, no question. The GT86 is just playful, playful, playful and do what
you like. This is playful, but by the way, I have 730bhp. Which is the better driver’s car. You know what? It really comes down to what you’re
after at the end of the day. They do both offer front engine rear drive, relatively
predictable handling thrills. I would probably start my day in a GT86, and once I felt I
got on top of it, I would finish my day in one of these. You don’t need one or the other.
You sort of need both.