The TG Nan Prix
Four of Britain’s least expensive cars. One Stig. No optional extras. Will any survive?
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
Our tame racing driver surveys all four-and-a-bit litres of bristling intent parked up on the main straight of Kent's Lydden Hill race circuit, I try to explain to him that we haven't gone soft. Please, please don't let it be thought that this test is some sort of zeitgeist-embracing, new-era-of-austerity-recognising nod to the financial pressures facing modern motorists. It really isn't.
We've drawn together four of the cheapest cars on sale today in a simple bid to prove that small, budget cars are more fun than big, expensive cars. If you've ever thrashed a rental to within 25 millimetres of its life, you'll know where we're coming from. A BMW M5 is great if you've got an infinite expanse of empty runway, but on real roads with real trees and real people, getting anywhere close to its outer limits is a surefire recipe for crashy death. Unless, of course, you're the Stig. I'm not sure any of our low-cost quartet is registering on his radar as a car.