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It is late in the day, and the mountaintops shimmer coral-pink as we plunge into a mile-long tunnel: arrow-straight, four lanes wide, deliciously deserted. We line up our two masterpieces of Italian V12 engineering for a rolling start. Ease down to 30mph, three-two-one. Ollie boots the Zonda. I do the same in the Ferrari, and as one the two Italians surge forward beneath the mountain, and the tunnel is filled with glorious, incandescent white noise. For a moment it is impossible to tell if we are launching forward or the whole world is surging backwards behind us. See you on the other side...

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The article ‘Cruising around northern Italy’ was published in partnership with Top Gear Magazine.

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