The TG Nan Prix
Four of Britain’s least expensive cars. One Stig. No optional extras. Will any survive?
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
Back to the track, and Stig has clocked a lap-time of 1:04.4 in the Alto, seven-tenths down on the Twingo. But he's taken umbrage with the Suzuki's traction control system which, even when it's off, is still on. On icy public roads, this assistance would be useful. With a barely tame racing driver at the helm, it's singularly frustrating.
There's no traction control in the Spark. Stig takes full advantage, giving the Chevrolet's poor tyres some serious abuse. As he leans hard into a fast, tight left-hander at twice the pace of anyone with even a basic self-preservation instinct, you can see the Spark's thin strips of rubber being dragged off their rims, the car tilting precariously over. It's a spectacular way of getting round a track, but not a quick one: Stig clocks a 1:06.4 in the Spark, two seconds down on the Alto. Oh dear.