We’ve all had the daydream; sell the vaguely practical fast saloon or sports car and embrace life-airming 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, dragonly 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 lew 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.