Here we are again: it’s ‘Handling Day’ time – or our grand annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car shootout, to give the occasion the build-up it unquestionably deserves.
The protagonists change, but the format stays the same and has done for more than two decades. A field of the very best new sports cars, supercars, super-saloons, hot hatchbacks and lightweights of the year face off against last year’s winner to decide which is the best driver’s car on British roads in 2015.
As ever, money is no object – and value for money is no advantage. Neither is practicality, usability or dealer availability. Brand power, material lavishness and kerbside kudos get you nowhere, and bald grip and performance are only worth their weight on the senses.
This year, we are awarding no credit for outright lap time; it’s all about subjective dynamic appeal. Four judges, having driven the cars extensively on the track and surrounding roads of Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, will place the entrants into the order in which they appeal most as driver’s cars. And this year, as a twist on the usual plot, the top three will go into a final on-road test to fight it out for the outright win on the epic roads of the Yorkshire Dales.