The maddest hot hatches ever built
Homologation rules meant you could actually buy these bonkers road-going racers…
Posted: 04 Feb 2014
Cuh, wouldn’t a RWD hot hatch be brilliant? Yes, thought Sunbeam back in 1978 (later Talbot after Chrysler UK – and sub brand Sunbeam - was sold). So it got Lotus to build one with the singular aim of taking down Ford on the word rally stage. It was the last car without four-wheel drive to win the RAC rally (1982), which probably has quite a lot to do with its 960kg mass and the 150hp 2.2-litre Lotus Twin Cam engine pushing it along. If you can keep it in a straight line for long enough, it’ll do 0-60mph in around seven seconds. Tasty.