This week’s road test is a collector’s edition.
Well sort of. Not because it features some exotic supercar, but because, unusually, we had to ditch snow covered MIRA in favour of Millbrook for our performance testing.
While Millbrook’s hill route is relatively well known, having featured in numerous magazine features, TV ads and one Aston DBS destroying Bond stunt, the Brook’s ride and handling track is a bit of an unknown.
Which is why we’ve included a map in this week’s mag. It’s a good little circuit, if not quite as challenging as the track we normally use at Mira, especially on brakes. But still it gives a good insight into a car’s limit behaviour.
Returning to Millbrook also gave us an opportunity to test the Kia Venga’s top speed – something we can’t do at MIRA.
After a few laps the Venga eventually managed to reach a true 103mph – 1mph short of its claimed maximum.
Normal service resumes at Mira next week.