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The ultimate car: the best parts in the business all rolled into one

This year’s nonsensical Frankencar pays homage to performance – performance of the sledgehammer variant and not the fairy dust type embodied in delicate toys like the Alpine A110.

Nonetheless, our car, with its roadworthy but roadworthy setup, should be just as rewarding and precise to drive as it is desirable on the data sheet alone. It has an atmospheric engine and one of the most comfortable EPAS systems around. A rear-wheel drive layout with the engine halfway under the DTM-style dashboard also gives it an innate agility, but a sedan wheelbase gives it stability and predictability at the limit. We hope.

Our unholy creation looks epic and sounds even better – but unfortunately it could never really exist. To build such a perfectly perfect machine, you’d have to spend £ 1.95 million on seven cars and then take them apart. Would it work in practice? Who really knows? Probably best to keep the Frankencar on these pages, as a product of our dreams and your nightmares.


Ferrari 812 Competizione: I haven’t seen this particular use of Ferrari’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but I got it from the highest authority – a text message from Matt Prior – that the thing is ridiculously good. Of course, also with the largest and best rocker switches in the industry.


BMW M5 CS: “Gold bronze” seems to be the latest design fad in the auto world, with everyone from Land Rover to Cupra to BMW M using it for added, uh, ostentation. We don’t particularly like the M5 CS’s grille treatment, but the car’s 20-inch wheels are just delicious. They are also forged, and the Y-spoke design creates a pleasant balance between elegance and motorsport undertones. Best of all, they allow for a generous sidewall that looks so much nicer than many modern rubber tire treads. Everyone says hello to the wheel of the year.


McLaren 720s GT3X: The 720S GT3X is neither approved for road traffic nor homologated for racing. It’s just as pointless as our Frankencar, but that just makes it an eye catcher for the shot. Carbon fiber and Kevlar are in abundance in this deranged vision of what the 720S racer would be if it weren’t emasculated by petty rules. With the help of a Ti exhaust, the curb weight of this large car is only 1210 kg – and that’s DIN, not dry.


Lamborghini Huracan STO: Lamborghini’s much-loved – no, dear – 631 hp V10 was first seen in the Huracán Performante, and don’t let the captivating sound distract you from what an excellent companion it is for serious driving. It has enough precision to make the finest adjustments to the mean angle of attack of our car, and a turbo-free linearity that is not only fun, but also creates confidence in soaking wet moisture. Only Ferrari’s newest V12 comes close, but here we opt for the more compact V10 for our front-mid-engine layout.


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