A week driving the McLaren 570GT is enough to reignite your belief in the British car industry

A tariff-laden Brexit deal would arguably have bigger repercussions on car making than any other industry. 

Insiders have warned for months that any restriction from the single market as part of the agreement to exit the European Union could prove terminal for some vehicle manufacturers in Britain.

The latest brand to voice panic was Jaguar Land Rover – owned by Indian firm Tata. Last week, it warned a bad Brexit deal would cost the firm £1.2billion a year and put tens of thousands of jobs in Britain at risk.

That is a stark warning from a company which has invested heavily into central England in recent years.

But drive a McLaren 570GT for a week like I have and it will reignite your belief that British vehicle makers can survive anything – including a bad Brexit deal.

British brilliance: McLaren sold a record number of cars last year. We decided to find out why demand is so high by taking the stunning 570GT for a near 1,000-mile test That unique rear storage deck offers a claimed 220 litres of extra luggage space. Combined with the compartment in the nose of the 570GT, it has around the same carrying capacity as a Ford Focus family car The glass door is a beautiful piece of design. McLaren even hinges each one specifically to where it will be used so it always opens on the pavement side Softer suspension springs, comfier damping and slower steering make the 570GT feel less agile than the 570S it's based on, but you'll appreciate it when you're embarking on long-distance journeys For a car that looks this bonkers, it's incredible easy to drive. That's something very few £150,000-plus supercars can boast Just because it's easy to drive at low speeds, don't underestimate it's ferocious power. Have the rev needle flicking close to 6,000rpm and static objects disappear out of sight quicker than movie credits on super fast forward McLaren sold 3,340 cars in 2017 - more than any other year since the brand was officially created in 2010 The McLaren 570GT isn't just a sublime GT car - it's a benchmark for how good British car making can be The McLaren 570GT isn't just a sublime GT car - it's a benchmark for how good British car making can be

The McLaren 570GT isn’t just a sublime GT car – it’s a benchmark for how good British car making can be

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