A 316bhp, front-drive hot hatch and 789bhp super-GT make for a week of excess.

Both offering amounts of power unthinkable a few years ago, treading where cars have barely trod before, as what was once unfathomable starts to become the norm.

Both the Honda Civic Type R and the Ferrari 812 Superfast will be considered performance benchmarks – until something else goes quicker, more powerfully, more spectacularly.

And they will. Away from the fanfare accompanying cars like these, what sticks in my mind is what honest, modest engineers say about horsepower, when pressed. The most memorable thing I’ve been told this week was by Ferrari chief test driver Raffaele de Simone, who said: “If you have control, it’s never enough.”

More power will arrive, then. And if you can’t get your head around it, electronics will, to make more and more oomph ever more manageable. 

It’s pretty much the same thing that Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s lead engineer, told me on the launch of the Aventador SV. More power, he said, isn’t about low-speed acceleration. That already offers sub-three-second times to 62mph and sub-eight to 124mph. Certainly to 60mph your street tyres can’t offer a lot more than that.