The term “supercar” has been around almost as long as the assembly line, but the type of car that it refers to has evolved almost as much as cars in general. Used to refer to a sports car or exotic car capable of producing ungodly amounts of horsepower and torque, the cars donning the label include the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. But these newest additions to the supercar family are introducing a new era defined by all-wheel drive, hybrid powertrains and driver assist programs. Some may argue that, though they are supercars, they are no longer a true driver’s car.
That title is reserved for the analogue supercars – those with massive amounts of raw power sent to the rear wheels, putting as much control as possible into the driver’s hands. Supercar Driver is a club for supercar owners in the United Kingdom founded in 2010, and as their website describes, they have already grown to a group of 350. SCD TV, their media partner, is in the process of documenting the stories of some of these owners, and on Dec. 12, they published the second of four videos detailing the insights into analogue supercar ownership.
The video above takes you into the true experiences of Paul Bailey, a serial supercar collector, and Adrian Holmes, a member of Supercar Driver. Bailey owns a Koenigsegg CCR, one of only fourteen hand-built by Christian von Koenigsegg’s team between 2004 and 2006. Holmes took viewers for a ride in his Ford GT Mirage 720, one of three ever created by Avro Motor Cars and Roush Technologies, and a mechanical beast that can only found in the United Kingdom. Each sported a metallic orange paint job, and the scenes of them flying down foggy roads in England’s countryside are stunning.
Bailey describes the CCR as “a true animal” that “doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance.” But because it has an impressive 806 hp being sent directly to the back wheels, it’s hard for him to “describe it as an enjoyable drive.” Rather, “it’s a challenging drive,” said Bailey.
The GT Mirage 720 sends a “hell of a lot of power to the rear wheels,” described Holmes of the GT Mirage 720, which is capable of creating 746 hp and 735 lb-ft. “It’s proper seat-of-your-pants driving, with no driver assist,” he says in the video.
Be sure to watch the full video above to find out the positive and negative aspects of owning these analogue supercars, and keep an eye out for the next 2 videos in this series.
(Source: YouTube, Supercar Driver)