We recently published a written feature comparing the Ferrari 458 Speciale with the McLaren 650S and lots of you have been asking when the video was going to follow suit. The two of them together would make quite a spectacle on video, after all. The noises alone would be worth tuning in for.

Sadly, though, it’s not going to happen – because Ferrari asked us not to compare them, on film, on Castle Combe circuit we’d arranged for the day. Which, in the overall scheme of things, really is rather baffling.

You can imagine how disappointed we all were. The weather was set fair, the people at Castle Combe were itching to see the cars, drivers had been booked, video crew had been primed, and I’d written the outline for a script that would largely write itself on the day anyway.

The idea was simply to film them together, then get the stopwatches out and see which one could get round Castle Combe the fastest.

But when Ferrari got wind of what we were doing, they firmly but politely said no. We could film the cars together on the road, they said, but not on a track. And at that point we called a halt on the comparison video, chiefly because to make cars like these look and sound exciting, you need to drive them with a decent degree of enthusiasm. And to do that, you need to go to a track, not a public road.