Just how quick are four of the fastest road cars that are also designed for the track? Dickie Meaden takes the Ford, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and Lotus to Anglesey, via some of north Wales’very finest roads, armed with a bag of biscuits end a stopwatch to discover which one delivers the strongest Motorsport-inspired punch. Words by Richard Meaden. Photography by Aston Parrot and Dean Smith.
LAP OF THE GODS - FORD GT vs. PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS 991.2 vs. AMG GTR C190 vs. LOTUS EXIGE CUP 430
Lotus’s Exige Cup 430, Mercedes-AMG’s GTR C190, Ford’s GT and Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS 991.2 - four track- biased but road-legal supercars - do battle at Anglesey to find out which can claim to be the best hardcore machine money can buy…
As tests go, this is a biggie. Four different takes on the ultimate track-biased road car, lapped head-to-head against the clock. Same circuit (Anglesey Coastal), same day (warm and sunny) and with the saint; driver (yours truly) behind the wheel. Fortuitously, they even have the same tyres - Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s.
We’ll be dividing our time evenly between the cars so as not to show favour by having ‘one last run’ to try to shave off potentially test-skewing tenths of a second. And, though the cars are supported by their respective manufacturers, there will be no plugging-in of laptops between runs. Finally, to see how these cars would behave on the way to your circuit of choice, we’ll also be taking them for a run on some of our favourite roads near the Welsh circuit.
So without further ado, let battle commence!