Speed, style and spectacular scenery: a spin in a Lotus Evora proves the best way to see Europe. I may not be your typical revhead, but if I’m ever going to become one, now would be the time.

We’re whizzing around the dramatic Ligurian coast in my mad-keen motorist uncle’s Lotus Evora, gazing down on tiny pastel-painted villages set like jewels into jagged cliffs. Every hairpin bend reveals a new dazzling vista as we wind and swirl down a plunging peak, pausing at blind corners before zooming gallantly on.