“We’re putting a tremendous amount of effort into finessing this car,” Duncan McMath, a senior Toyota engineer of 14 years’ standing, who has driven Toyota FT-86 prototypes extensively during their development in Europe and spends his weekends building 700bhp racing cars, told me.

“We know this car has to deliver, if we are ever going to change people’s opinions about how Toyotas drive. The mission is to rekindle the spirit of the old rear-drive Corolla people remember so fondly, without removing the practicality today’s owners need, which will encourage them to use the car every day. There’s still work to do, but I believe we’ve achieved a lot.