The Autocar long-term car park is a blessedly varied thing. Currently, we have the Kia Picanto at the affordable end of the field, and that stretches right up to the heady realms of the Mercedes E63 AMG and Jaguar XKR-S, via other more measured cars such as the Audi Q3, Mini Coupe JCW, Ssangyong Korando and BMW 320d.

And the good news for me is that I now have the best of all of them. No, really – I’m not biased at all, this is pure fact… After all, the emergency orange Ginetta G40R may be a little rough around the edges, but what else comes with an FIA-approved roll cage and five-point harness as standard?

I was pretty intent on commandeering a long-term G40R from the moment we first drove it. Not only because I’ve always been a huge fan of lightweight, low-powered, no-compromise performance cars, but also because it seems to me that the G40R finds some clear air in the market. That’s a tricky thing to do these days.