I’d imagine that one or two of you may be wondering why the 911 GT3 RS has now officially been declared Britain's Best Driver’s Car, despite being beaten – on lap time at least – by both the Ferrari 458 and the Noble M600.
The answer is fairly straightforward; although it was fractionally slower against the stopwatch around Donington – and when I say fractionally I mean tenths, not even seconds – there wasn’t one single tester who subjectively preferred the Ferrari over the Porsche. And although one or two of our more ambitious staff thought the Noble got far closer to the GT3 RS overall, in the end even they admitted that the mighty M600 couldn’t match the 911’s extraordinary depth of appeal.
So what is it about the current GT3 RS that’s so special? For starters, it just handles so beautifully around a circuit like Donington. It feels balanced and pure in its responses where other cars, even the 458, feel edgy – as if they may simply let go and spin through corners in which the GT3 RS remains glued.
It also has exquisite steering and brakes, plus a lack of inertia when changing direction that enables it to be driven harder, with more confidence, than any other car we invited to Donington.
It also feels 100 per cent bullet-proof. Its brakes simply don’t fade at all, even when subjected to lap after lap of abuse. Its manual gearbox may not be a match for the robotized dual-clutch affairs of some rivals but, again, it felt as sweet on lap 100 as it did after lap one.