So, we’ve had the new-look Autocar and its new-format road test for a while now. Which means we’re accumulating a fairly comprehensive list of lap times set around MIRA’s dry and wet handling circuits.

You can see ‘em below, including (for the dry handling circuit), the conditions in which they were set. They’re not all there just yet; I’ll upload the full, comprehensive list shortly (read: when we’ve a workie who’s got a couple of hours to browse through some back issues) and then keep it updated so it’s always available to see here.

While water will inevitably slow a car, different track temperatures isn’t a great issue: on road tyres, it doesn’t matter if the ambient/track temperature is 5 degrees or 20 degrees, you can reach – and nearly always exceed – the operating temperature of a road tyre anyway, so we’ve found that laps in the same car are pretty consistent regardless of temperature. On racing tyres it would be a different matter, natch.

No great surprises above, I suppose – although I’m still suspicious about how a 207 GTi 175 went round in 1m20.35sec.

Dry lap times:

Car                                Time                Conditions

Porsche 997 GT3           1.12.5          Dry, cloudy, 8 deg

Ferrari 599GTB              1.12.68        Dry, sunny, 18 deg

Lotus 2-Eleven             1.12.7    Greasy, showers, 15 deg

Porsche 997 Turbo        1.14.45       Dry, cloudy, 23 deg

Lamborghini LP640        1.14.7        Dry, cloudy 18 deg

BMW M5                        1.16.15       Dry, cloudy, 23 deg

Porsche 911 Carrera S    1.16.8       Dry, cloudy, 9 deg

Audi RS4                        1.16.9      Greasy, bright, 3 deg

Aston V8 Vantage Cpe   1.18.0       Dry, cloudy, 9 deg

Vauxhall VXR8                1.18.8        Dry, clear, 22 deg

Aston V8 Vantage Rstr  1.18.96       Dry, clear, 18 deg

Peugeot 207 GTi 175      1.20.35      Dry, clear, 18 deg

Lotus Elise 111R            1.20.64      Dry, cloudy, 10 deg

Vauxhall Astra VXR        1.21.2    Greasy, o/cast, 5 deg

Ford Focus ST                1.23.4    Greasy, o/cast, 5 deg

VW Golf GTi                   1.23.6    Greasy, o/cast, 5 deg

Fiat Bravo 1.4 Tjet        1.24.66  Damp, o/cast, 15 deg

Volvo V70 D5                 1.25.1       Dry, sunny, 22 deg

BMW X5 3.0d                 1.26.09      Dry, clear, 19 deg

Renault Twingo 1.2       1.27.3       Dry, sunny, 20 deg

Alfa Spider 2.2 JTS        1.27.9        Dry, clear, 19 deg

Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi   1.29.5          Wet, 18 deg

Fiat 500 1.4 Lounge       1.29.7     Dry, cloudy, 16 deg

Hyundai i30                   1.32.63     Very wet, 20 deg


Wet Lap Times:

We don’t list conditions for wet laps because it’s so consistent. MIRA’s very good wet handling circuit gets doused evenly, though it takes a while to get evenly damp:

Car                                Time

Audi RS4                        1.06.4

Ford Focus ST                1.07.3

VW Golf GTi                   1.07.5

Vauxhall Astra VXR        1.07.6

Lotus Elise 111R            1.08.25

Peugeot 207 GTi 175     1.08.3

BMW M5                        1.0