We are ready to go. Carefully. The pilot before me spun it twice, presumably due to the failure of his Michelin Cup 2 tires to interact with the wet surface, and I’ll share with you that I left the first corner at an angle. unorthodox. But afterwards, it was sublime.
With all the rubber removed from the suspension, the immediacy of its response reminded me more of a race car than something that can be used on the road. And as the surface dried until it was just damp, so I could heat the Michelins up a bit, I was able to start using the car properly.
The noise is frankly ridiculous, in richness, complexity and above all volume. It’s not like hearing an old symphonic Ferrari V12: it’s much more aggressive than that. To my ear, it sounds more like the engine Jaguar used to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 and 1990; and since it was a 7.0 liter V12, I guess there is nothing too surprising about it.
The Victor is much less difficult to drive than I expected. Because it’s so immediate, so well attached and gives a feel that you don’t find in modern cars (road or race), you always know where you stand. It’s easy to overwhelm its street tire grip and it’s set up to understeer (a bit too much, to be honest), but you can still call in that mighty old V12.
A quick throttle removes grip from one end and restores it to the other; and while the back moves quickly, it’s so predictable you can skid it like an 800 horsepower Caterham. Almost.
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