It also was able to transport our two mountain bikes, the whole purpose of the trip, on which we had immense fun and, I must admit, some scary moments – including lots of bruises, both to my body and pride, and some blood but no broken bones, which I’d call a success.
The trip reaffirmed my love for Europe, with so much stunning scenery, beautiful cities, great cuisine and camera-free, trafficless high-speed motorways, and my love for Ben, considering that conversation between us was never anything other than pleasant or hilarious, despite us being stuck two feet apart in a tin box for up to 11 hours per day.
Matt Saunders: It’s so often those days you don’t see coming that you remember longest in this job. I was supposed to be on holiday but, because a colleague happened to test positive for Covid one day in August, I got to be one of the very first people in the world to drive the brilliantly bold new Ariel Hipercar instead. A little company like Ariel simply shouldn’t be capable of making a car like this. It looked otherworldly. New from the ground up, and innovative like few electrified sports cars made even by the world’s wealthiest car companies, it also took my breath away to drive it.
And so did the incredibly friendly and trusting attitude of the blokes who made it, and who simply handed it over to us to do whatever we liked with. “Here’s pretty much the future of our business. It’s been about 10 years in the making, and it’s the only one we’ve got, but don’t let that stop you. Have fun.”