The top ten mid-engined hatchbacks
The Veloster Midship concept has us pining for real bum-engined compacts. Click for the best…
Posted: 02 Jun 2014
NISSAN MICRA R CONCEPT
Nissan's always been good at raiding its parts bin and making cars that are not fast, fast. Really fast. For 2004, it built this - a 265bhp, 150mph, sub-four-seconds-to-sixty... Micra. Ray Mallock - the British engineering company that ran Nissan's circa-1990s BTCC campaigns - put it together, and used a detuned version of a 2.0-litre touring car engine running through a six-speed sequential gearbox. Inside, it got a welded-in roll cage that increased stiffness by 30 per cent and not a lot else. Though Nissan did keep the central locking, electric windows and cup-holders.