Thanks to Heather again for this nice guest article!
When it comes to cars, people tend to believe the “bigger is better” motto, but that isn’t always the case – just take a look at the Mini Cooper S, which won the Monte Carlo Rally three times despite its petite size. Small cars are convenient, and are often more environmentally friendly than their larger counterparts, making them a great alternative for drivers who are looking for a more compact and manageable day-to-day vehicle.
How small can cars get, though? Here’s a look at some of the tiniest cars in the world.
With only fifty cars being built in its original run, the Peel P50 is renowned for being the world’s smallest car. A recent surge of interest has seen the hand-built car, as well as its cousin, the futuristic and bubble-like Trident, go back into production. It’s a small enough car that can be driven into and around the office; and, coming with a single leather seat, a single windscreen wiper and washer,the Peel doesn’t skimp on luxury.
Peel have two available motors in 1.6 and 4 horsepower, with the former being able to reach top speeds of 25km/h, and the latter a breakneck 65 km/h, although Peel have limited this to 45 km/h.
Here’s one for all you environmentally conscious types: the Volpe is the world’s smallest electric car, being able to fit inside a lift. For a tiny car, it is relatively spacious (and I use this term very loosely here), being able to fit a total of two people. So, what are you going to do with such a small car? Drive it up to your desk and recharge it for the commute home, of course!
Perhaps one of the most prolific microcars, the Isetta allowed the aptly-named ‘bubble car’ its rise to fame. Being featured in a number of films, television shows, and music videos, the Isetta became wildly popular – an icon of European sophistication.
Elbil Norge Buddy Cab
Though you may be inclined to believe that all Scandinavians are tall, the wild popularity of the Elbil Norge Buddy Cab puts something of a damper on this. A tiny car that emits low pollution, the Buddy Cab is more practical than most microcars, which can be considered primarily for their novelty. With a surprisingly affordable price, the Buddy Cab is preferable to most second hand cars.
Commuter Cars Tango
Commuter Cars, an American company, has had something of a famous customer base. George Clooney was its first customer, while Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, owns three. With a separate motor for each wheel, the Tango goes surprisingly fast, going from zero to 60 in less than four seconds.