We’re rolling up to the Goodwood start line, supercharged 6.2-litre V8 rumbling away up front. Patiently waiting under my right foot are 535bhp and 495lb ft of torque.
The Bristol Project Pinnacle up ahead squirms off towards turn one and a marshal instructs me to edge the Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo onto the line. I coast up to it, stop, slot the gear lever into first and look ahead while squeezing the throttle.
The marshal’s hand rises. I quickly lift the clutch.
I’ve never done what I would call a proper burnout before, because the rear tyres have either dug in and lurched the car forward or I’ve backed out before anything dramatic takes hold. But in the Maloo – which is basically a rebadged Holden Ute with next to no weight over its rear axle - things couldn’t be more different. Burnouts are easy.
As we edge over the start line the rear wheels are rotating so fast that the engine is beginning to bite into its limiter, yet our rate of progress is slow. I glance at the rear view mirror; white smoke. This, I conclude, is a proper burnout.