Every year Autocar Magazine gathers an eclectic collection of vehicles that are available in Britain and puts them through three days of testing on the road and on the track to determine Britain’s Best Driver’s Car. This year’s contest was based at the racetrack at Castle Combe, Chippenham, which, in addition to the track, was in easy reach of several ‘decent’ roads. In their words, ‘And by decent, we of course mean poorly surfaced and badly cambered as only the finest British roads can be.’
As the Corvette is now officially imported into the U.K., it was included in the 2014 test to compete against eleven other contenders, ranging from a McLaren 650S to a Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy. Following three days of thrashing about hither and yon by eight of the magazine’s writers, editors and road testers, the staff compares notes and, after working the tea pot overtime, ranks all twelve cars in the order of best handling on street and track.
“How did the Corvette do?” you ask. Well, we didn’t win and we didn’t finish last. In fact, the Corvette finished exactly in the middle, in sixth place behind such luminaries as the Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ariel Atom 3.5 SR, Porsche 911 GT3, the Porsche Cayman GTS, and the McLaren 650S.
About the Corvette, Autocar commented, ‘Finishing sixth in the overall order also underplays the esteem in which the American two-seater was held in some quarters, with one judge scoring it as high as second. One judge was heard to say that, of everything assembled, the Corvette was the car he’d most like to go racing in — a towering compliment in the presence of a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Ferrari 458 Speciale.’
Take a look at the video showing the Autocar staff hard at work, spending day-after-day diligently driving cars about the racetrack as fast as they can, all the while getting paid for doing it. No wonder they’re all smiling so much in the video.
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