Performance Car of the Year photo gallery - day 1

Published: 20 December 2010

CAR publishes its Performance Car of the Year 2010 supplement this week. It's a 36-page standalone mag charting our 2500-mile European road trip to thrash out which is the best sports car of the year. We'll have a full microsite launching later in the week, video, competitions and more - plus we'll upload a gallery every day with some of the out-takes, extra photos and background to our PCOTY road trip. Come back every day for more.

Performance car of the year

Subaru, Renault, Lotus and Ferrari pound the autoroutes from Calais. Not exactly your most low-profile convoy then. 

Performance car of the year

'Is this your Ferrari, sir?' 

Performance car of the year

Queuing at Dover port gives us a chance to compare the first four cars of our convoy. The rest will meet at our rendezvous in southern France, delivered from all corners of Europe

Performance car of the year

The Ferrari 458 Italia didn't look this clean and glitzy for long... 

Performance car of the year

Now that's what we call a rear-view mirror shot... Maranello still do cam covers better than anyone else. Discuss

Performance car of the year

It seemed rude not to drop into the old grand prix circuit at Reims. Italia would've probably won a race here back when it was a working track

Performance car of the year

We're driving on the right here, so that's not the four-cylinder Elise overtaking the 458. Surely 

Performance car of the year

Renaultsport relished a return to the land of its makers. It shone everywhere 

Performance car of the year

And there's the Ferrari overtaking the Megane. Come to think of it, did anything overtake the Italia all week? We're not honestly sure it did... 

Performance car of the year

Reims might be better known for its champagne, but we were here to test bubbly nature of the horsepower variety 

Performance car of the year

'On your marks, get set, fight for the Italian keys...' 

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