200kph. A click on the left-hand steering wheel stalk and engage cruise control. Two or three deep breaths, aim at the Armco and then in a blink I’m up on the banking of this top secret test bowl, the corner’s angle carrying me away from oblivion.

At this point there’s nothing to do. I hang firmly on to the steering wheel, but Pierre-Henri Raphanel, Bugatti’s resident driving hand and former F1 racer, urges me to hold it by my finger tips. The Veyron really is steering itself, something he demonstrates when he later takes the wheel by waving his hands as we round the bend.

Midway round and Raphanel gestures down a gear to sixth. Then fifth. Then fourth. Each shift nigh-on imperceptible such is the refinement and speed of Bugatti’s DSG box.