When I learned that the world's fastest man Andy Green would be driving me up the iconic Goodwood hill in one of the world's fastest cars, it's safe to say that I was looking forward to our blast in a 650bhp Noble M600.

In case your memory’s a little hazy, Andy is the bloke who piloted the 110,000bhp, jet-powered Thrust SSC to a Mach 1 record 763mph in 1997. He’s also a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and generally a bit of a British hero.

Before we climb aboard, I ask Andy what he thinks of the 200mph, twin turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 supercar: “I’m about to find out”, his response; like me, he’s never even sat in an M600, so I’m in good company.