When we film our various ‘chase’ videos, there’s a certain protocol we like to abide by. The reason we do so is to make sure that the final published video is, where possible, an accurate reflection of the actual truth. So before we set the cameras rolling, we take to whatever track we’re filming on with the two cars in question and find out if car A can genuinely keep up with car B. If so, that’s what we then film. If not, ditto.
In the case of the GT3 RS v McLaren video, however, things were a little bit different – because what happened was not especially easy to reflect on film. And what happened was this.
We took to the circuit in each car, me driving the Porsche and a highly reputable employee from McLaren driving the MP4-12C, and after several laps it became apparent that the Porsche could live with the McLaren. Just.
Along the straights the 12C would pull away but under brakes the situation was reversed, and through most corners they were surprisingly well matched. So although the 12C would pull out gaps in certain places around the lap, the GT3 would close back up in others, the overall result being that as they crossed the line there was virtually nothing in it.