Not necessarily, no. You may have seen in the mag last week our efforts to find out which cars develop the most grip, both in the wet and in the dry. If so, you’ll have discovered that across all surfaces and throughout a range of tests the Nissan GTR, surprise surprise, is king.
Yet at the same time the GTR remains one of the most invigorating cars you will ever have the pleasure of driving – and that’s despite, or perhaps even because of, the fact that it can bend your cheekbones with sheer g forces through any given corner.
What was perhaps most revealing about our test – which involved a Renaultsport Megane 250, a BMW 1M, a GTR, a 911 GT3 RS, an Ariel Atom Mugen, a hot Fiesta, an Audi RS5 and a Noble M600 – was that, in the wet, it wasn’t always the four wheel drive cars that rule. Even in the traction tests the rear-drive GT3 RS somehow managed to beat the 4WD Nissan GTR off the line, despite the 911 wearing supposedly ‘dangerous’ Cup tyres. And in the wet cornering tests both the RS5 and the GTR were soundly beaten - by not just the front-drive Megane RS but by the resolutely rear wheel-drive M600, too.
It was actually in the dry, weirdly enough, where the 4WD machines fared best – although even then the Cup tyre-equipped 911 pulled more g than either of them through our two dry corners, which wasn’t a huge surprising, all things considered.