BRI­TAIN’S BEST DRIVER’S CAR 2018: TOP 10 DUKE IT OUT

Which of these 10 modern-day mir­a­cles de­serves to be crowned this year’s Bri­tain’s Best Driver’s Car? We de­camped to North Wales to find out

Autocar - - THIS WEEK - PHOTOGR APHY LUC LACEY, OLGUN KORDAL

In the near 30 years we’ve been run­ning our Bri­tain’s Best Driver’s Car con­test, the tar­get has al­ways re­mained con­sis­tent: to find the most en­ter­tain­ing car to drive of each given year.

Sim­ple? On the face of it, you might think so. But to come to a con­clu­sion to match that pur­pose is made much less clear-cut by the vast range of cars that are in­vited to com­pete.

In­for­mally, we call it ‘Han­dling Day’ be­cause ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics are the pri­mary in­ter­est: not power, not ve­hi­cle size or weight, and not strictly the type of pow­er­train, ei­ther.

All of these things, though, have a bear­ing on what a car feels like to drive: how it steers, how well it turns, how it rides and, most im­por­tantly, how it tells you about all of those things.

Over the years, ex­pen­sive cars have won, rel­a­tively ‘cheap’ cars have won, cars with very lit­tle power have won and cars with a lot of power have won. We have su­perb ex­am­ples of all of these this year. Which means that fin­ish­ing first is as much of a ring­ing en­dorse­ment as a car can get, and fin­ish­ing last isn’t re­ally last at all.

Ev­ery sin­gle one of the cars we took to Wales – on quiet roads we know well and on the su­perb An­gle­sey race cir­cuit – for three solid days of test­ing is ter­rific in it­self. But there will only be one win­ner.

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