BBC's Top Gear has confirmed that the triple track test of
Ferrari LaFerrari and
Porsche 918 Spyder has been cancelled.
Jeremy Clarkson explained on Sunday's episode that McLaren and Ferrari were being very difficult, making it impossible to put the cars on track to see which is fastest.
According to some reports, Porsche was willing to hand their 918 Spyder to Stig with no strings attached. McLaren also joined in, but set a condition that only customer cars can be used to prevent any cheating.
Their Twitter statement shortly afterwards seems to confirm this: "To clarify what you may have heard on BBC TopGear last night, we were ready with a McLaren P1 for the triple track test. The track filming was due to take place this week but was cancelled by BBC's Top Gear ahead of last night’s show."
Ferrari is known to modify their test cars in order to "optimize" their performance for each track (and thus, render any comparisons involving a Ferrari meaningless), and apparently wanted to do the same thing with the LaFerrari. They insisted on using a factory-prepared car, instead of using one delivered to a customer. Top Gear was left with no choice but to cancel the comparison.
According to the same source (and what has been the case on similar occasions), Ferrari also warned LaFerrari owners not to lend their car to Top Gear, otherwise they will throw them out of the inner circle and forbid them from buying any Special Series car ever again.
Source: Jalopnik, CarThrottle