And here you were, thinking that Smart Cars were the tiniest vehicles you could ever drive. Wrong. The Peel P50, a car produced in England, redefines what being miniature means in the automotive world.
While the Peel P50 first came out a few years ago, the vehicle made news again this week, as it has been redesigned for an all-electric version. The diminutive one-seater is only 4.25 feet long, and weighs just 330 lbs.
Needless to say, the smallest car in the world is not designed for speed, and isn’t the best choice for taking out on the freeway. But that doesn’t mean this absurdly small car isn’t an engineering marvel anyway. The new all-electric model has a totally extreme 3.35 bhp, and can reach a blazing top speed of about 31 miles per hour. With a maximum range of about 25 miles per charge, you might need to get it up to its maximum speed to get anywhere outside of your neighborhood.
While the Peel P50 might not get you incredibly excited, that doesn’t mean everyone feels the same. Dubai’s prince has already ordered ten of the P50s, which we can only imagine are perfect for driving around the grounds of his enormous mansion. See? The P50 has some very practical uses after all.
Only 50 of the electric Peel P50s will be produced, and with a starting price of about $19,000, they will probably sell fast – just for the value of sheer collectability if nothing else. Scores of car collectors, museums, and hobbits are lining up to get their hands on their very own P50. Without a doubt, the Peel P50 is one of the most unique vehicles anyone could possibly own. But spending nearly $20k on a car that’s barely bigger than a grown man will likely scare the majority of potential buyers away.
You can see the Peel P50 in action in the video below. But beware, its sheer power and top speeds might make you weak in the knees.
So while it’s unlikely that you’ll ever own a Peel P50 (let’s be honest, you probably have no inclination to do so), we can all still marvel over the size of this one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Sometimes, good things come in small packages. The Peel P50 exemplifies this saying perfectly, and until anyone makes a car that’s even more impossibly tiny, this vehicle will reign supreme in the world of miniature autos.