This week’s issue of Autocar, dated 15 October, is devoted to our annual quest to find Britain’s best driver’s car.
The premise is straightforward: the year’s best-handling cars scrap it out on road and track. We mulled over a long list of what we thought we should gather for what we informally know as Handling Day.
Usually, we’d then cut that list down to 10 plus last year’s winner. But we realised that the 12-car list was one of the most stonkingly strong line-ups in the competition’s 25-year history, so we left it entirely as it was.
The line-up comprised: Alfa Romeo 4C, Ariel Atom 3.5R, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Jaguar F-type R coupé, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche Cayman GTS, Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy and Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
Handling Day is three days of testing, photography and video on the road and on a circuit. This year we based ourselves at Castle Combe, within easy reach of decent roads in Wiltshire and surrounding counties. And by decent, we of course mean poorly surfaced and badly cambered as only the finest British roads can be.