XCAR Awards 2013: Best Drive, Drew

It's hard to pick a favourite out of all of the cars that we have been allowed to drive here at XCAR. There has been such a wide variety that even to judge them against each other seems crazy. Here, however, are the few I've shortlisted as my top drives so far.

Drew Stearne Former Director of Video
For over 16 years Drew has been producing video content on technology, video games and entertainment but now spends his days looking at, talking about, or indeed driving, fast cars.
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Drew Stearne
XCAR Awards 2013 - Best Drive: Drew
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Audi make great cars, but the R8 V10 Plus is a cut above almost everything else they make. The insane speed this car can do shocks you almost as much as the speed the four-wheel drive lets you carry through turns. Add to that killer good looks and you have one hell of a package.

Audi R8 V10 Plus
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The sand dunes and mountain passes of Morocco aren't somewhere you'd usually find yourself, but taking a new Range Rover for a spin there was something I enjoyed immensely. The new MK IV can handle pretty much anything and we tried as hard as we could to disprove that fact.

Watch this: The New Range Rover: The Most Capable Car Ever Made?

Any time you get your hands on a hypercar, you know that you are extremely unlikely to be disappointed, and the brief go I had in the Pagani Huayra could not have thrilled me more.

Watch this: Pagani Huayra: A hypercar unlike any other

Ferraris are built to be noticed, and you cannot help but let the vanity take charge when driving on public roads in a 458 Italia. Borrow the keys and be a celebrity for the day.

Watch this: Ferrari 458: The Definition Of A Supercar

The winner for me, however, is the BAC Mono. Looking more like a spaceship than a road legal vehicle, the Mono pushes you as a driver to get better and better whilst giving you access to some incredible raw power. The single seat cockpit makes even the most mundane of roads feel like the home straight.

Watch this: BAC Mono: Road legal but track focused driving nirvana