Speed Week: McLaren 650S

650s speed week

The 12C is dead, this is the 650S. And it's what its predecessor should have been from the start

Ideally, when learning a new track, you'd spend a quiet few laps memorising the various curves, cambers and quirks in something sedate, so you can figure out where it goes before your brain is suffused with information pertinent to not violently landscaping a gravel trap with your face. Dedicated F1 drivers circulate on pushbikes, or monotonously lap in the virtual, cocooned in a tediously precision-mapped simulator. Being neither a racing driver nor blessed with common sense, I chose the new McLaren 650S Spider in which to discover Castellolí. A car with 641bhp of ego-humbling mid-engined rear-wheel drive. "Go big or go home" as the saying goes. "Upside down and on fire, if necessary" being the less- often-quoted Top Gear subtext.

[Read more about Speed Week in issue 29 of TopGear Singapore]

Author: TopGear
Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world.