With grids full of the rarest and biggest supercars and hypercars ever constructed, the annual SCD Secret Meet at Donington Park is now regarded by many because the yr’s premier automotive fanatic occasion. The standard, amount and sheer exclusivity of the metallic and carbon fibre, on show positively borders on the surreal.
Written by: Angus Frazer, JBR Capital
A blast? An outrage? A shock?
It’s not simple to place your finger on the proper collective noun for the Ferrari F40.
Given the automotive’s interplanetary craft appears and the fabled ferocious thrust of its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, high-energy phrases that summon up the automotive’s phenomenal efficiency spring most readily to thoughts.
However the phrase that finest describes the ensemble circumnavigating Donington Park Circuit on the 2022 SCD Secret Meet is surprisingly ever so barely soporific.
A dream of Ferrari F40s sounds proper as a result of, actually, it’s not possible not to have a look at 20 blood-red examples that simply maintain coming and coming and coming, muscling their manner across the observe, and never really feel tempted to pinch your self to ensure you are literally awake.
The high-speed parade is proof that the SCD crew has as soon as once more excelled itself. And it’s not simply the F40. All of the Ferrari ‘Large 5’, these absolute titans of the fashionable Maranello period, are on present, with equally jaw-dropping examples of the 288 GTO, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari interspersed amongst the F40s.
SCD member Heath Grey introduced his Ferrari F40 to the occasion. “I at all times wished an F40, I purchased this one 21 years in the past, and it nonetheless excites me each time I drive it. You possibly can really feel completely all the pieces the street provides coming by way of the steering wheel, and also you’ve at all times received to have your wits about you too. It’s not like driving a contemporary supercar. You possibly can’t simply put your foot down and depend on an array of digital aids to get you out of bother”, explains Heath.
There may be one facet of the F40’s character that Heath feels is way maligned. “There’s a variety of speak concerning the turbo lag with these vehicles, however it’s not as dangerous as individuals say. If you happen to maintain the engine slightly below 3,500rpm, it is going to at all times reply the moment you press the throttle”.
Although the final F40 left the manufacturing line forty years in the past in 1992, it rightly nonetheless merited a spot on the entrance row of the grid of SCD’s hypercar parade, too, albeit in elite Competizione guise. And it was in some phenomenally unique firm alongside a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, Bugatti EB110 SS, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, Koenigsegg CCXR Version, Porsche Carrera GT, Lamborghini Reventon and Maserati MC12 Versione Corse to call however a number of.
Derived from the MC12 GT1 racing automotive that gained the 2005 FIA GT world endurance championship, simply 13 track-focused MC12 Versione Corse examples have been in-built 2006. So, to see one in motion and listen to the howl of its 755hp naturally aspirated V12 engine is a really uncommon deal with – much more so when it’s the solely white MC12 Versione Corse ever produced.
“This automotive has by no means even been pushed earlier than, and at present is the primary time it has gone round a racetrack. It has been sitting in a non-public assortment with all of the spare components for it in glass containers and was nonetheless on the unique tyres”, defined Davide de Giorgi of Girardo & Co, the corporate that not too long ago transacted the sale
of the MC12 to its new proprietor.
Whereas many of the supercars and hypercars in motion have been from producers with a long time of expertise in constructing ultra-desirable street vehicles, that was not the case for all. The Dallara title has been behind a number of the world’s biggest racing vehicles because the firm was based 40 years in the past, however regardless of its huge expertise, the corporate had by no means created a street automotive till not too long ago. Enter the Dallara Stradale, which was launched in 2019 and earned a 4.5-star street check ranking by Autocar.
The Dallara Stradale is distributed completely within the UK by London-based specialists Joe Macari. “The automotive contains a full carbon tub, weighs 800 kilos, has 850 kilos of downforce and is powered by the engine from the Ford Focus RS”, revealed Gross sales Govt Franco Granell. “With its aero bundle and the agility the chassis offers, it will possibly dance rings round some vehicles with twice the facility on the observe”. One had solely to witness the Dallara Stradale within the arms of Harrison Newey round Donnington to see the reality of that assertion.
McLaren’s new Artura was additionally turning loads of heads, albeit as a static show. “The Artura represents the subsequent era of a supercar for the corporate and makes use of hybrid expertise to boost efficiency”, mentioned the corporate’s Head of Personal Workplace, Jonathan Maynard. “Given the educated supercar homeowners in attendance, the SCD Secret Meet is the right place to showcase the Artura”.
Maynard acknowledged that, with its hardcore inner combustion engine fanbase, the occasion was one thing of a tricky gig to play for a next-generation electrified supercar. Nonetheless, he was happy with the response the Artura was producing. “Persons are developing and asking, ‘Why hybrid?’, and that provides us the chance to elucidate how the hybrid system provides to the driving expertise”.
The truth that a producer of the calibre of McLaren selected to exhibit a automotive as important because the Artura reveals simply how critically the business now takes the SCD Secret Meet. Bentley was additionally there, and in addition to displaying a few of its newest street vehicles, it had one mannequin in motion on the observe that neither love nor cash might purchase.
That automotive was the Bentley Velocity 8 that gained the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2003 within the arms of Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Man Smith, with the latter again behind the wheel at Donington.
“The Velocity 8 doesn’t get run fairly often, but it surely’s vital that it doesn’t find yourself mothballed perpetually in a museum. It’s an actual honour to get to drive it once more. It simply brings again such superb recollections”, revealed Man. “However I can’t consider that it’s twenty years outdated now. I’m fortunate sufficient to nonetheless get to drive fashionable prototype race vehicles, and the Velocity 8 nonetheless appears like a contemporary automotive and proper on the tempo”.
Along with nonetheless being deeply impressed by the automotive he drove to victory at Le Mans nearly 20 years in the past, Man was blown away by the occasion itself. “I had no concept what to anticipate. I believed it could be like a small automotive meet for about 100 individuals. After which, after I was coming near the circuit and seeing all of the vehicles and all of the photographers on the roads outdoors, it felt like being at a System One occasion or one thing. It’s simply superb. A number of the supercars which can be listed below are so uncommon, and also you simply don’t get to see them that usually in any respect.”
JBR Capital Founder and Govt Director Darren Selig shared Man’s sentiments: “I believe SCD’s Secret Meet is now the premier lovers’ occasion within the calendar. The place else are you able to expertise the sight, sound and odor of so many supercars and hypercars being pushed arduous round a observe?”.
For Darren, the spotlight was the prospect to take part within the Ferrari demonstration. “I received to journey within the La Ferrari with Selena Bailey.
I’d by no means been in a single earlier than, and it was fascinating as a result of, in some ways, that automotive is the subsequent iteration of the F50, which continues to be my dream automotive. It was a unbelievable expertise, and it does make you marvel what on earth SCD will do for subsequent yr’s Secret Meet”.
To seek out out, we’ll simply have to attend one other 12 months after which, who is aware of what supercar desires might come once more.