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There exists a small body of automotive thought which suggests self-harm is the apex of driving nirvana.

Example A: the Ariel Atom. As you can see through this video, it destroyed Jeremy’s face, and will do exactly the same to yours. However, it remains one of the most rewarding driving experiences on earth.

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So step into the fray Example B: the Vortex F1. Built in Seattle and sporting the same disregard for facial construction as its competitor, the Vortex is as quick as it is spartan.

It uses a GM-sourced 2.0-litre turbo’d four-pot packing 290bhp and 330lb ft of torque in standard ‘Turn Key’ guise, and a marginally terrifying 330bhp and 360lb ft in ‘Ultimate’ track-attack spec. 0-60mph time matches the Atom’s at 2.7 seconds, while the quarter-mile takes 10.5 seconds (at 130mph).

The Ultimate edition features carbon fibre body panels, upgraded brakes, wheels and tyres, improved steering and a sequential six-speed gearbox. As with the higher-spec Atom, only buy it if you know how to drive. Otherwise it may well be the most expensive three seconds on track you will have.

It costs £31,000 ($50k) for the standard, and around £44k ($70k) for the Ultimate.

Which one would you rather re-arrange your face with? This or our very own Pride of Somerset?

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