Cars are becoming more and more similar, driving almost by themselves and increasingly shielding occupants from the outside world. Driving pleasure, especially the purist, is increasingly falling by the wayside. That's probably why the range of radically reduced driving machines, which often only offer engine, chassis, steering wheel and a seat, has risen sharply. The choice of extreme racer with street legal is certainly greater than ever.
The most radical among the radicals and already a classic is the Ariel Atom, which stands out especially by omitting any disguise. Like on a motorcycle, the driver is exposed to the elements, as Jeremy Clarkson once impressively demonstrated on a test ride with slipping facial features. In its more than ten years of history, the small English manufactory has already used a number of drives. Currently provides in the standard model, a two-liter gasoline engine from Honda with 183 kW / 248 PS for more than sovereign propulsion. The standard sprint with 500 kilograms of lightweight featherweight takes just over three seconds. About 230 km / h are possible if you dare. A price is only available on request, but for a new vehicle you should plan around 50.000 Euro.
An absolute classic of radicals is the Caterham Seven, Next year, the design celebrates its 60igsten birthday. In the 1950 years, it started as Lotus Seven, since 1973 Caterham Cars has officially the rights to the legendary Chapman construction. Meanwhile, the British offer with the 165 a very affordable entry point is the Seven World: 24.000 Euro costs the 81 PS strong base model, which allows a sprint time on Tempo 100 in 7,5 seconds. But it is also faster and more expensive: The 620 R makes about 300 PS and costs just under 60.000 Euro.
In addition to Caterham, there are a number of other small manufacturers who build the Seven in a similar form. The Dutch company Donkervoort has been pursuing a very complex and particularly brutal approach for over 30 years. The latest escalation stage is the D8 GTO, whose 280 kW / 380 PS 2,5-liter gasoline engine from Audi allows a sprint time of 2,8 seconds and a top speed of over 250 km / h. The prices are just as high as the performance: you should expect at least 140.000 euros here.
Incidentally, it is even more classic and, of course, even more English: With the three-wheeler, Morgan revived a basic construction that was over 100 years old in 2012 and brought it back onto the road with modern technology. The three-wheeled lightweight torpedo actually looks like a vintage car, but thanks to the 60 kW / 82 PS V2 from Harley supplier S&S, the 500-kilo vehicle moves as fast as a modern sports car: the 100 km / h takes just six seconds Sprint, a maximum of 185 km / h is possible. Price: around 45.000 euros.
Very radical and very modern, the X-Bow comes from KTM. Ten years ago, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer developed the idea of putting a ready-to-race car on the road in cooperation with Formula car maker Dallara. There, however, you rarely see the X-Bow, as it romps mainly on racetracks. Anyway, the X-Bow is well equipped for track use. In its hottest version, 200 kW / 300 PS strong, the standard sprint is ticked off in less than four seconds, with a maximum of 231 km / h possible. You do not need to spend around 85.000 Euros on the carbon fiber.
By the way, the Canadian snowmobile specialist Polaris, which has had a very interesting dust whirler since 2015 with the Slingshot, financially participates in KTM. As with the Morgan Threewheeler, the Slingshot is a tricycle - two at the front, one at the rear. Given the 760 kilogram, the 2,4-liter petrol engine with its 129 kW / 175 PS has an easy time. 5,9 seconds should take the sprint, maximum 190 km / h are in it. But above all, the price is hot: Around 30.000 Euro is to cost a new vehicle, which can also offer such commendable achievements as ABS and ESP.
The British company BAC offers the Mono recently a formula sweeper with street legal. The only 580 kilogram single-seater is catapulted to Tempo 310 in less than three seconds by a good 2,5 PS strong 100-liter engine and drives up to 273 km / h fast. For this, however, almost 180.000 euros are due. One advantage of the Mono design: the buyer does not have to bother with a classic problem of British imports because there is no left or right hand drive because the valance is in the middle.
After all, two seats also offers a crispy and open-top motorhome from Mexico called Vuhl 05. The Roadster brings it thanks to aluminum chassis and CFRP body to a whopping 725 kilograms. A two-liter gasoline engine from Ford throws well 290 PS in the propulsion, allowing a sprint time of 3,5 seconds and a top speed of 245 km / h. Price: around 90.000 Euro.
Steep adjectives are always easy and fast, as the young English sports car manufacturer Elemental proves with the Rp1. The super-flat two-seater should bring just 580 kilograms on the scales and accelerate thanks to 324 PS in just 2,8 seconds from a standstill to 100 km / h and 265 km / h fast. Price: around 90.000 Euro.
With the Radical SR3 SL comes another lightweight super-flounder from England. Actually, it is a race car, which was intended as a pure track toy, which you can now get but also with street legal. In this version, a Ford 179 kW / 243 PS two-liter gasoline engine provides propulsion that allows a sprint in 3,5 seconds from zero to Tempo 100. A maximum of 266 km / h is possible. Price: around 85.000 Euro.
Last but not least, the Lotus 3-Eleven, which its British designers have implanted into a powerful 3,5-liter V6 engine with 416 PS. This should allow the 900 single-seater to sprint to 100 km / h in 3,4 seconds and up to 280 km / h fast. Price around 110.000 Euro. Lotus also offers a pure racing version, which weighs less and with 466 PS significantly more powerful and thus even 290 km / h can drive. (Mario Hommen / SP-X)