A gloomy morning in October and weâ€™re heading over to Longcross Proving Ground to check out the upcoming Hot Pursuit from EAâ€™s Criterion. Travelling down in a clapped out old banger, devoid of MoT, road tax, insurance or class is an entire world away from what awaits us. Three suitably kitted out Lamborghiniâ€™s screech around the corner of the track, hot on the trail of Ben Collins, you may know him as the former Stig from BBCâ€™s Top Gear. All I know is that heâ€™s a difficult man to catch when heâ€™s at the wheel of a Porsche Boxter S.
A few wheel spins (clearly showing off, Iâ€™m not impressed) and Ben skids round next to the parked up Gallardoâ€™s and Mercierlago, as Roll Deep Crew, the well known boy band that will â€śproper merk u blud, ya get meâ€ť, trussed up to the nines in flak jackets and Sea Crest County attire, stage an arrest on olâ€™ Stiggy.
Off the track things are hotting up in the gaming tent. Whilst Ben and his fellow racers can really put the super cars through their paces, it takes a lead developer from Criterion to show us how itâ€™s done in-game.
The challenge of the day was a time trial at Vanishing Point in a Paggoni Zonda, one of the best cars featured in the game. Sitting next to the time trial pod lies a brand new Xbox 360S, and to the racer setting the fastest time on the track go the spoils.
With less than three weeks to go before Hot Pursuit hits the stores, check out our in-depth preview and a recent preview from Gamescom for the run down. Also have a look at the pics below if youâ€™re wondering what I look like just after I’ve crapped my pants at 200mph.
AlLSO click the videos below to see exclusive footage from the event including appearances by Roll Deep and Ben Collins aKa the guy who used to be The Stig