We start with the only British automaker that can really bring the fight to the Italians, and that's McLaren. Growing out of one of the most successful Formula One racing teams on the grid, McLaren has branched out into road cars with such high-end exotica as the F1, the SLR, the MP4-12C
and the latest P1
. While the previous two depended on engines supplied by German automakers, McLaren partnered with Ricardo to develop its own 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 to power its latest generation of supercars. But whichever McLarens you're talking about, the bottom line is the same: some of the fastest, most capable and most desirable cars ever to come out of Great Britain.