How fat is your car?
Posted: 20 May 2010
Before we set about the 207, we drop it onto our borrowed set of Highly Technical Race Scales. With no driver and half a tank of fuel, it clocks 1,273kg. What are we aiming to lose here? 100kg sounds like a decent target. A nice round number, the weight of a prop forward. We grab spanners and screwdrivers and several large hammers and get to work.
Forget actually racing the damn thing: ripping the innards from a hatchback may be the most fun you can have on a circuit. We are Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, vanquishing carefully created bits of Peugeot 207 with relish. With surprising ease, out comes the front passenger seat, wires trailing as the airbag sensors are torn from their moorings, and then the glass sunroof, replaced by, er, a piece of cardboard, good for weight if not weather-hardiness. Or aesthetics.