As such, there is no official lap time, yet, but unofficially it’ll be very close to seven minutes flat.

Faster than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, in other words; faster than just about anything with number plates and something that vaguely resembles a roof, in fact.

There is even the smallest possibility that it might dip below the magic seven-minute barrier by all accounts (they’ve been there several times already and know, give or take a second here or there, what it’s capable of doing in perfect conditions).

If that happens, if a standard production 12C breaks seven minutes around the Nürburgring, it will be stark-raving ridiculous for a car that’s little less civilised to amble along a motorway in than a 3-series.

It will also be rather wonderful for a car that’s as British to its core as roast beef with all the trimmings.

And they say there’s an even quicker version in the post…