The smallest car in the world also has a small engine. This means it can travel well in the city, as previously demonstrated during hilarious ‘Top Gear’ tapings. But on the longest circuit in the world? So this is a beautiful obstacle.
Its acceleration from 0-100 km/h is not yet known, because the car has never reached this speed before. And according to some jokers, you also need a brace to accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h. It’s clear to you: the Peel P50 is not only the smallest car in the world, but also one of the slowest.
In an unstable vehicle, you are part of the safety construct, and with its small wheels and low ride height, truck drivers quickly ignore you. It is no coincidence that this crazy phone has appeared several times in funny episodes of the British car show “Top Gear”. For example, broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson can be seen driving around the BBC building in Peel Region.
More than 130 thousand euros
Funny or not, the minivan is worth something. The little three-wheeler was manufactured in England in the 1960s in less than 50 copies. Good copies now sell for more than 130,000 euros. This means you are paying approximately €1,000 per centimeter for a car that is 1.34 meters long and 99 centimeters wide.
In 2010, two entrepreneurs started a company to produce them again with minor changes, but these cars are also exactly as they were in 1962. The 1.17-metre-high, 59-kg P50 produces approximately three to four horsepower from its Capacity: 49 cc. Its top speed is around 60 km/h, making it perhaps the worst vehicle ever to take to the famous Nürburgring.
Left turns are the most dangerous
However, in the entertaining video below, former racing driver Max Fewtrell entered a very long Peel round on the Nordschleife. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the most famous circuits in the world.
Despite its slow pace, this practice has been shown to be harmless. Fewtrell was forewarned that left turns would be particularly treacherous because the engine is mounted on the right side of the unstable P50. This increases the possibility of it crashing there.
Slower than a tractor
Fewtrell said he’s never felt so focused and stressed out by the danger of rolling into Peel. Despite all the efforts, Fewtrell completed his record lap of the 20.8 km circuit in 25 minutes, 44 seconds and 136 hundredths. The tour started in daylight and ended in darkness.
The P50 was therefore slower than a Claas Xerion tractor, which had previously taken 24 minutes, 50 seconds and 570 hundredths to complete a lap.
Mercedes AMG One
The fastest lap ever for a road car was in the hands of Mercedes. The AMG One completed a lap in 6 minutes, 35 seconds and 183 thousandths last year, becoming the new No. 1 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Read also: Mercedes driver drives shortest lap ever at Nürburgring: crashes after 10 metres
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