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9 Oct 2017

A couple of weeks ago the good people at BOTB HQ asked you, our valued customers which cars you wanted to see In the Headlights in a coming special week. Given that many of you had been somewhat critical of previous choices (cue Tim sobbing into his coffee over the Modern Classics comments) we thought it was a good idea to let you be in the driving seat! So the votes were cast and we’ve added in the four most popular cars – so you’ve nobody to blame but yourselves!

In reality though two were only featured quite recently and one was a huge surprise, so I’m going to take a look at what you all chose:

Well then, isn’t this a turn up for the books? I had to campaign for ages to get the Octavia vRS included in the competition (if you don’t know already, I own one), then that week it was the car that won and now you wonderful people voted it in for the Fan Favourites week! This makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. You’ll get the chance to win what is a brilliant car again, 245bhp of Golf GTi in a subtler, bigger and far more practical body, with more standard kit and great looks. Well done! It’s no real surprise about the VW California being voted back, it was always being asked for on FaceBook and was hugely popular when it was last featured, it’s clear that lots of people love the idea of a stylish, fairly small weekend camper that is full of nice spec, looks great and has legendary VW build quality. They really are a couple of great cars and I fully expect them to be at the top of the charts again.

The accountants at BOTB has a small heart attack when they saw the list though, as at the top sat two incredible supercars – the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 and the Ferrari 488 GTB. You couldn’t find two more different ways to approach the supercar mould than these two. Okay they’re both two seat, mid-engine coupes with dual clutch gearboxes but that’s where the similarities end. The Huracan uses a glorious naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 sent to all four wheels, which it does so with one of the most amazing exhaust noises ever. You can put that power down in all weather thanks to the drivetrain and the way the LP610-4 gets off the line must be seen to be believed. Not too far from Lamborghini in Sant’Agata is Maranello, the home of Ferrari, and they took a different approach with their 488 GTB. A smaller, 3.9 litre V8 with the assistance of two turbos produces 50bhp more than the Lambo and it all goes to the rear wheels. So you get a supercar that is much quicker thanks to more power and less weight and feels far more alive at the same time. Which would I have? Well it would have to be the 488 GTB for me, they’re such a pure driving experience that you feel alive every time you drive it. The Huracan feels just like an R8 at times which detracts from the ‘specialness’ somewhat, however were I in a 488 I’d still feel envious of the sound the Huracan made. Tough choice!

The good thing is, you don’t have to choose, just buy tickets for both! In fact you can buy tickets for all the ITH cars this week should you want to, right here.