Okay, so the Ford Focus RS is good. Great. Already a hero. And so it should be.

After all, this is a hot hatch that has monstrous pace and rally car-like front end grip with a dab of playfulness at the rear axle, and when all that’s not enough, there’s a switch that makes it go all sideways and lairy. And that’s all for a quite remarkably reasonable £30k.

Every one of the superlatives that have brightened this car’s already blinding spotlight is entirely deserved. It’s a game-changer. Driving it for the first time actually reminded me of the first time I drove the Nissan GT-R. In both cases, the rules of physics appear to have been warped or forgotten entirely in order to make the car behave in the slightly surreal way that it does.