Both drivers were well-qualified — IAM senior observer and RoSPA Gold — and their drives were excellent. All of us found details to improve in the endless struggle to be ever more safe, systematic and smooth.
The RX-8 is a superb car: taught, sporty and comfortable. The power from the rotary engine is exciting at all engine speeds, with a turbine-like delivery. It was a welcome change from the usual inline 4, but I’m glad I don’t have to meet its fuel bills!