OK, so there’s not a whole lot of punch in the world’s weirdest looking ‘car’, but with all 60kW fed through a single wheel, the little 175/65 15-inch tyre has a fair bit to deal with.
MAZDA MX-5 1.5L
Three-pot 1.5-litre turbo shared with various Minis manages just 100kW from the engine that replaces the identically powered four-cylinder still used in the BMW 1-series entry model.
Compact 1.6-litre turbo-diesel makes it all up in torque, with a hearty 300Nm to complement the modest 100kW.
LOTUS ELISE SPORT
It’s all about the weight – or lack of it – in Lotus’s ageing sports car, which is as light as 852kg, enough for a perky 0-100km/h time of 6.5sec.
This article was originally published in Wheels magazine April 2016.