Back to the Smoke after a fine week in Yorkshire putting 1200 miles under the wheels of our Jaguar F-Type R Coupé, which turns out to be quite a hard-edged car to take on holiday. The enormous performance makes it fun, but you can’t always find the road to give such a firmly sprung car a decent long run. And as I’ve said before, there’s too much road noise for effortless day-long enjoyment.
Biggest strengths are the steering and seats (both available in lesser F-Types), although the glorious snarl definitely validates our choice of a V8. I love the way, as familiarity grows, you drive the F-Type with smaller and smaller steering inputs, putting your faith in the accuracy, stability and superior suspension geometry that keep the car tracking like an arrow.
Why does a bloke come to work? To pick up a new Ferrari, of course. With Mr Chief Photographer Papior, I took myself at 10am to the Egham premises of Maranello, the Ferrari dealer located on the western edge of London’s orbital M25, to pick up a 13,000-mile Ferrari FF that we’ll be running for the next few months. This is a familiar car in road test circles, but there’s no such thing as familiarity with any Ferrari, at least not in the sense of taking it lightly. More soon.
Delighted to see Gordon Murray negotiating another gateway on his mission to preserve our freedom of mobility by simplifying cars and the way we make them. As you’ll see elsewhere, Murray has struck a new partnership with oil giant Shell and former Honda Formula 1 engine designer Osamu Goto to design a simple, practical, super-frugal, petrol-powered city car concept, building on his existing T25 but re-examining every single efficiency aspect of it. Called Project M, the idea is to “inspire thinking about maximising personal mobility while minimising energy use”.