God loves a trier, I’ve been told – even if sometimes, you just can’t overcome the odds. I’ve recently enjoyed several trips home in our long-term Hyundai i10, and relished its ability to respond to a good caning and embarrass far more capable machinery. So much so, in fact, that I’ve started watching out for other over-ambitious motorists whose goals lie some way beyond the limits of their machinery.
Last night, as I pootled around a roundabout on the outskirts of Farnborough, I caught sight of a gem. The inside line in this unlikely duel was being held by a Porsche 911 – but it was being comprehensively bullied by, of all things, a Nissan Tino.
This entirely forgettable piece of Japanese MPV-ness was carrying a few scars (and at least one under-pressure tyre, to judge from the colossal amount of body roll). Its front-left corner was practically scraping along the ground, such was its driver’s determination to swat the pesky sports car out of its way.