June 18, 2008

Horse 886 - The Micro Micro Car

The sight of a 6'5" Jeremy Clarkson trying to fit into the miniscule Peel P50 on Top Gear on Monday night was certainly one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The car at just 53" long and less than a cricket stump wide is truly a marvel.

Whilst the car could only do 38mph or 61km/h, it's 49cc DKW moped engine could get as much as 100mpg. At £199 new, even adjusting for inflation it only comes out to about £1034 in 2008 prices.

Having seen Jeremy drive it through London, I would be very scared to drive it through traffic; especially considering the monarchs of the road the London Omnibus rearing down behind you.

Although Clarkson says that it would be subject to the Congestion Charge, a look at the Transport for London website indicates otherwise.

My Ka look positively monstrous next to the Peel P50 and in a world where petrol is fast becoming a luxury, I would love to see a modern re-interpretation of it. The world would be far safer with 90,000 of these critters rather than big-fat Land Cruisers.

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