If it wasn’t the new 903bhp McLaren P1 that grabbed you by the thorax last week, then it was the new Enzo – sorry, LaFerrari – that did so, boasting even more power, even more barking performance and an even more heinous price tag to go with it.

And that’s before you so much as mention Lamborghini’s latest £3 million Veneno, Koenigsegg’s £1.5 million Agera S or Audi’s proposed new hypercar, which may or may not become a production reality depending on who you talk to at VW. They all hit the headlines at Geneva.

Question is, though, do such cars have any kind of a point or meaning to them, beyond providing a means of alleviating boredom for the über-wealthy car enthusiast, or is that really all there is to them? 

In most cases, I believe personally that there is a point to them, and that their existence can be justified quite easily. For several reasons.

One, in the case of the Ferrari and McLaren in particular, the technologies being pioneered in these cars will, there can be little doubt, make the cars of tomorrow safer, more efficient, faster (yes, probably) but also just better all round. And when I say the cars of tomorrow, I don’t mean the supercars of tomorrow – I mean the everyday cars in which the rest of us will mostly bumble about in.