I recently went out on a limb, had a bit of a laugh, and produced a template for my perfect driver’s car – since when half of all hell has broken loose, resulting in me being invited to see some rather interesting prototypes from even more interesting sources, which may or may not look like the car I came up with.

More about which will be revealed in the mag and on this site in weeks to come.

For the time being, though, I’d be intrigued to see what sort of car you good people would come up with if given carte blanche on the design and engineering fronts – plus some sort of realistic(ish) budget to stick to.

The car I came with was/is a mid-engined two-seater made from a combination of grp, forged carbon, steel and aluminium. It has a V6 VW TDi engine behind its two front seats, which is mated to a DSG gearbox. It’s rear wheel drive but has no anti-lock, no TC and no ESP.

It weighs 999kg, has 250bhp, 350lb ft and can do 0-60mph in 4.5sec while emitting ‘just’ 199g/km with a combined figure of 61.2mpg. And it costs £34,995.

I’m sure there will be yawns of dismay about my choice of diesel power and DSG transmission, but my aim was/is to recreate a kind of half-scale version of an Audi Le Mans car, in light of which the DSG aspect is key.