There is an increasing number of supercars able to achieve speeds in the region of 200mph or more — the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ford’s Aston Martin Vantage 600, Audi’s Lamborghini Murcielago and the TVR Tuscan S.
A maximum speed of 225mph is promised from the VW-Bugatti EB Veyron and the three-seater McLaren F1 will wind up to over 231mph.
It is hardly possible to believe that those who buy these extremely costly cars do so merely to enjoy sizzling starts from traffic lights.
But in this age of sneaky speed cameras and a universal war on cars, especially those driven at much over 60-70 mph, where do the wealthy, in these splendid supercars, extend them? One suggestion I see is on the Autoroute de Soleil, after dark, but that apart, do owners of such cars print theft own driving licences?
Do not misunderstand me, I have never proscribed to the theory that speed, as such, is dangerous. But if I foolishly wasted money on Lottery tickets — and won — how often could I use the performance of the supercar I might buy? As Autocar reminds us, you might buy a 146mph Honda Civic-R for £15,995. Even so…