CAR (UK) - - Sports Car Giant Test -

We’ve all had the day­dream; sell the vaguely practical fast sa­loon or sports car and em­brace life-a€irm­ing pu­rity in the form of a fo­cused track car. But should you do it?

Three days with the El­e­men­tal high­light the chal­lenge. At Rock­ing­ham it’s tran­scen­den­tal – a full-im­mer­sion ex­pe­ri­ence that makes you want to ded­i­cate the rest of your life to go­ing faster. And on the road, some of the time, that bril­liance per­sists; after all, sear­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, dragonŠly agility and great brakes work ev­ery­where.

‘I had one of my best drives ever in the RP1, head­ing home as the sun set, the car feel­ing more like a ground-level wing­suit as we Šlew down the moun­tain us­ing non­plussed sheep as apex mark­ers,’ says James Tay­lor. ‘But in poor weather the test team phys­i­cally wres­tled each other to avoid driv­ing it.’

We’ve lived with Cater­hams and, with de­ter­mi­na­tion, it’s doable.But as bad as the dis­com­fort and the has­sle is the de­mor­al­is­ing truth that, on most jour­neys, 90 per cent of the car’s tal­ents are wasted. But that 10 per cent… Oh my.

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