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by Brett Davis

Previously known as the world’s smallest production cars, the Peel P50 and Peel Trident are making a return in the UK.

A group of businessman have resurrected the brand and the two-vehicle line-up and are taking orders now of both versions.

Both are available with either a 49cc petrol two-stroke engine or two electric motor options for optimum efficiency.

The petrol engine produces 2.5kW of power – a bit more than two conventional microwave ovens – and is capable of propelling the micro machine from 0-100km/h in… actually, it’s unable to reach 100km/h. Instead, it’ll whisk its driver around at a top speed of 45km/h.

Two electric versions are also in the line-up. The entry-level version comes with a 1200-watt system – about the same output as a decent microwave – and producing 3.4Nm of torque. A higher power version with 3kW is also available. Both offer a full-charge range of around 80km.

To give you an idea of its size, the Peel Trident weighs just 59kg, while the P50 tips the scales at 90kg. Prices start at around $10,000.

It does seem a bit pricey for a single-seater, but it would be a bag of fun to drive, and no doubt a sought after collectable in the future.




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