Hammond's icons: the Lotus Elan

But, ballet dancer or not, it turns out the Elan actually likes a bit of rough treatment. Indeed, the car's very petiteness and purity only enhance the pleasure to be had when meting out a bit of the tough stuff. I've never mud-wrestled a nun, but I should imagine it is a sensation very close to that of caning an Elan S3 around our track.

(Words: Richard Hammond, Pictures: Justin Leighton)