James May is a fan of good design and an even bigger exponent of excellence in engineering: two things he found in abundance in the new McLaren 12C Spider – a convertible that neatly beheads the usual arguments against convertible cars by being as perfectly dynamic as the coupe version. Except with a mighty sunroof. Driving the car exclusively for TG mag along the highest paved road in Europe, James discovered that the 12C Spider was:
“Perhaps the most benign supercar I’ve ever tried. Some would want to be admired for their courage in mastering a Ferrari GTO or that demanding Lamborghini Aventador, but I say cobblers to that. I can challenge myself by learning to play the violin. This is a good-time car and I want a good time. I get it.”
The thing you have to realise about the Anglophenia personality quizzes is they are an inexact science. So inexact, in fact, that if you made a car using the kind of sweeping generalisations in the place of precise measurement that we use here, it would be less a convenient mode of transportation and more a pile of random bits on the floor.
That said, they’re not quite as tangential to reality as a Magic 8 Ball, and the results, while probably not massively useful as part of a therapeutic examination of the human psyche, should at least give you a clue as to why you prefer pulling doughnuts in a supermarket parking lot over spending hours painstakingly gluing a model tank together.
Or it could all be a load of hooey. Fun hooey, but hooey nonetheless. Sadly there’s only one way to find out….
Jeremy: Right now, sun’s going down, I’m with my mates, it’s down below 90 degrees, we’re in the deep South - it’s a pleasant evening. This is nice.
“It’s suddenly dawned upon me that he isn’t very bright.”
“Don’t do that to my car!”
Top Gear Series 7 Episode 4
TOP GEAR, the show that defines “Don’t Try This at Home,” is back - with 6 weeks of brand new specials never-before-seen on TV!
First up: the World Premiere of TOP GEAR: TOP FAILS *** Monday Oct 22 at 9/8c *** Immediately followed by the Premiere of an All New Season of RICHARD HAMMOND’S CRASH COURSE at 10/9c, only on BBC America.
Join “the Hamster” RICHARD HAMMOND as he hosts some of TOP GEAR’s “finest” moments. Will your favorite crash make the list?
Top Gear Season 6, Episode 6