"The driving position is confined, with the detachable steering wheel above your lap, elbows at maximum bend.
"Visibility is fine. You feel as if you're sitting forward in the car rather than centrally. You don't have the distraction of an enormous bonnet up front and youre barely aware of the length of the engine bay behind you, until you look in the mirror.
"The gearchange is down by your right thigh...smooth, direct and not particularly heavy. But really, the AU engines supply so much torque the gear change is irrelevant. At the kind of speeds done at the Nurburgring, you can go everywhere in top. The engine is smooth, vibration barely noticeable. But it's obvious the two-stage car has 100 horsepower more than its sister. To make it go faster you just select a higher gear. The ratios are nicely spaced and it just zips on most of the noise is behind you.
"One saving grace of the driving position is that the steering is light. Brake pedal pressure is not too bad though I can't be sure what it would be like if the brakes were really hot.
"The cars ride very smoothly they're long wheelbase and they feel quite stable. But, if you do get out of shape and the back tires let go, it seems there is so much mass let loose that the car will spin, regardless of what you do. You just sit there feeling a twit, then gather it all up and press on.
"The two-stage car feels like a real racer. I'd love to see a proper racing driver use one of these cars competitively; their true potential was perhaps never realized because the war came along, but just picture one of these V12s in amongst an Historic race field. That would be a sight to see and a sound to hear!"
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