McLaren’s chief test driver Chris Goodwin probably has the best job in the world. He’s just flown in from overseas where he’s been carrying out development testing and is now about to take a stab at the Goodwood hill climb route in the firm’s 570S Coupe.
He’s also, seemingly, in the wrong car, because ahead of us in the supercar queue is the P1 GTR – the car on which Goodwin carried out 90% of the developmental testing. It’s even got his name on the side. Still, knowing that my ride up the hill will be in his hands, I keep schtum.
As it turns out, Goodwin has a point to make. The 570S might well be the entry-level option in McLaren’s range, sitting as it does with the new 540C in the firm’s Sports Series, but entry-level takes on an entirely different meaning in this class.
With a price tag of £143,250, the 570S is about as far from entry-level as it gets – and that’s before you factor in its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, its 562bhp output, and its 0-62mph sprint time of 3.2 seconds.
Sitting at the start line, watching the P1 GTR roll away in a cloud of tyre smoke, I wonder whether the 570S will feel any less exciting to ride in than McLaren’s hero car. As I’m pulled back into the seat seconds later, with the car's V8 engine note filling the cabin, I get my answer.