Evo Performance Car of the Year 2012: The Track Battle Video

When the year draws to its end, one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll be hearing, reading and watching a lot of “Car of the Year” memos. At some point, it really gets too much because everyone and their aunt think that they should crown a COTY. It’s a free world, or most of it at least since there’s no North Korean COTY as far as we know, so everyone’s entitled to his/her opinion. Even though the image below may look like it’s straight out of a D1 drift challenge, it’s actually a still from Evo magazine’s 2012 performance car of the year competition, or eCOTY as they call it. The British publication rounded up the 10 best driver’s car that it has sampled in the past 12 months and it’s a pretty idiosyncratic bunch, ranging from the Morgan 3 Wheeler to the mighty Pagani Huayra. We admit we were surprised to see Tiff Needell behind the wheel of the revamped McLaren, given his review of the first MP4-12C. Looks like Ron Dennis doesn’t hold any grudges, after all… The highlight of the competition is the twin-car track battles, with Tiff and Richard Meaden sorting each pair out. Boys will be boys, so even though they eventually did get down to business and record a fastest lap for each car, they first had some fun. You can’t really blame them, can you? You can watch the video right after the jump and see the “boys” enjoying themselves as well as the lap time results, which contains some surprises.By Andrew Tsaousis