"The words ‘Lotus’ and ‘estate’ don’t really have any business being together in a headline. Lotus’s famous recipe of ‘simplify and add lightness’ doesn’t exactly fit with the idea of an estate body which encapsulates my own "
Our Favourite Extreme Machines
The C5 was stupid-looking, probably dangerous, but strangely prescient and now kind of retro and cool. Clive Sinclair’s doomed project was the product of the extreme entrepreneurialism of the early eighties.
The Buckeye Bullet
The long-time holder of the fastest-car title, engine bay lined with gold makes it the most bling too
The biggest car currently on sale, but a sales disaster for parent Mercedes-Benz: crass, ugly and overly bling. Also the heaviest.
Currently the shortest car on sale but Gordon Murray’s new T25 city car will be 30cm shorter and have an extra perch
You’d struggle to call it a car, but it does wear number plates and has a power-to-weight ratio that blitzes anything else you can buy with 575bhp in a body weighing less than half a tonne
Bugatti Veyron Super Sports
Not again! But we didn’t mention that alongside all its other records, it’s also the most expensive and least-efficient car you can currently buy?
Compiled by Michael Fordham & Ben Oliver
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