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The Caterham Seven 160 €22,600/$30,000 : Low on power - it's only got a 660cc three-cylinder engine - but big on fun, the Seven 160 tries and succeeds to recapture the charm of the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s. It even has a live rear axle and skinny tires so that it'll drift around corners even at low speeds. And it comes with a roof. Photo:AFP
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| Updated on: 15 Jul 2014, 17:23 PM
The Caterham Seven 160 €22,600/$30,000 : Low on power - it's only got a 660cc three-cylinder engine - but big on fun, the Seven 160 tries and succeeds to recapture the charm of the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s. It even has a live rear axle and skinny tires so that it'll drift around corners even at low speeds. And it comes with a roof. Photo:AFP
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The Caterham Seven 160 €22,600/$30,000 : Low on power - it's only got a 660cc three-cylinder engine - but big on fun, the Seven 160 tries and succeeds to recapture the charm of the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s. It even has a live rear axle and skinny tires so that it'll drift around corners even at low speeds. And it comes with a roof. Photo:AFP
The Caterham Seven 160 €22,600/$30,000 : Low on power - it's only got a 660cc three-cylinder engine - but big on fun, the Seven 160 tries and succeeds to recapture the charm of the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s. It even has a live rear axle and skinny tires so that it'll drift around corners even at low speeds. And it comes with a roof. Photo:AFP
The Caterham Seven 160 €22,600/$30,000 : Low on power - it's only got a 660cc three-cylinder engine - but big on fun, the Seven 160 tries and succeeds to recapture the charm of the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s. It even has a live rear axle and skinny tires so that it'll drift around corners even at low speeds. And it comes with a roof. Photo:AFP
The Morgan Three-wheeler €32,750/$44,700 : Impractical and adorable in equal measure the Morgan three-wheeler doesn't even have a real, water-cooled car engine. No, it's got an air-cooled V-Twin typically found on a motorbike instead. But that hasn't stopped a limited hand-built supply outstripping demand. But be warned this is a car solely for the summer as it offers absolutely no protection from rain, sleet or snow, or from potholes for that matter. So keep it on the track. If you're looking for something equally eccentric but slightly easier to live with, the Morgan Plus 8 is also worth considering. Photo:AFP
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The Morgan Three-wheeler €32,750/$44,700 : Impractical and adorable in equal measure the Morgan three-wheeler doesn't even have a real, water-cooled car engine. No, it's got an air-cooled V-Twin typically found on a motorbike instead. But that hasn't stopped a limited hand-built supply outstripping demand. But be warned this is a car solely for the summer as it offers absolutely no protection from rain, sleet or snow, or from potholes for that matter. So keep it on the track. If you're looking for something equally eccentric but slightly easier to live with, the Morgan Plus 8 is also worth considering. Photo:AFP
The Morgan Three-wheeler €32,750/$44,700 : Impractical and adorable in equal measure the Morgan three-wheeler doesn't even have a real, water-cooled car engine. No, it's got an air-cooled V-Twin typically found on a motorbike instead. But that hasn't stopped a limited hand-built supply outstripping demand. But be warned this is a car solely for the summer as it offers absolutely no protection from rain, sleet or snow, or from potholes for that matter. So keep it on the track. If you're looking for something equally eccentric but slightly easier to live with, the Morgan Plus 8 is also worth considering. Photo:AFP
The Morgan Three-wheeler €32,750/$44,700 : Impractical and adorable in equal measure the Morgan three-wheeler doesn't even have a real, water-cooled car engine. No, it's got an air-cooled V-Twin typically found on a motorbike instead. But that hasn't stopped a limited hand-built supply outstripping demand. But be warned this is a car solely for the summer as it offers absolutely no protection from rain, sleet or snow, or from potholes for that matter. So keep it on the track. If you're looking for something equally eccentric but slightly easier to live with, the Morgan Plus 8 is also worth considering. Photo:AFP
The Ariel Atom €37,500/$50,000 : It's got a 2-liter, 245bhp engine, but that's all it needs to go from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds. Phenomenal to drive and, thanks to its ingenious design, great to look at, the Atom has become a modern-day classic, is completely road-legal and thanks to its fully exposed engine and mechanics, you can actually see the tire clipping the apex of a bend. Photo:AFP
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The Ariel Atom €37,500/$50,000 : It's got a 2-liter, 245bhp engine, but that's all it needs to go from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds. Phenomenal to drive and, thanks to its ingenious design, great to look at, the Atom has become a modern-day classic, is completely road-legal and thanks to its fully exposed engine and mechanics, you can actually see the tire clipping the apex of a bend. Photo:AFP
The Ariel Atom €37,500/$50,000 : It's got a 2-liter, 245bhp engine, but that's all it needs to go from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds. Phenomenal to drive and, thanks to its ingenious design, great to look at, the Atom has become a modern-day classic, is completely road-legal and thanks to its fully exposed engine and mechanics, you can actually see the tire clipping the apex of a bend. Photo:AFP
The Ariel Atom €37,500/$50,000 : It's got a 2-liter, 245bhp engine, but that's all it needs to go from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds. Phenomenal to drive and, thanks to its ingenious design, great to look at, the Atom has become a modern-day classic, is completely road-legal and thanks to its fully exposed engine and mechanics, you can actually see the tire clipping the apex of a bend. Photo:AFP
The Abarth 695 biposto around €44,100/$60,000 : Something a little different. A track car doesn't have to be rear-wheel drive, it just has to be nimble, responsive and not carry too much excess or unnecessary weight. Based on the current racing car, this particular Abarth is as close as a consumer can get to driving the real thing without passing a racing licence. The only real compromise the company has made in its development is making it meet the requisite road requirements so that it can be driven, rather than transported to and from a track. Photo:AFP
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The Abarth 695 biposto around €44,100/$60,000 : Something a little different. A track car doesn't have to be rear-wheel drive, it just has to be nimble, responsive and not carry too much excess or unnecessary weight. Based on the current racing car, this particular Abarth is as close as a consumer can get to driving the real thing without passing a racing licence. The only real compromise the company has made in its development is making it meet the requisite road requirements so that it can be driven, rather than transported to and from a track. Photo:AFP
The Abarth 695 biposto around €44,100/$60,000 : Something a little different. A track car doesn't have to be rear-wheel drive, it just has to be nimble, responsive and not carry too much excess or unnecessary weight. Based on the current racing car, this particular Abarth is as close as a consumer can get to driving the real thing without passing a racing licence. The only real compromise the company has made in its development is making it meet the requisite road requirements so that it can be driven, rather than transported to and from a track. Photo:AFP
The Abarth 695 biposto around €44,100/$60,000 : Something a little different. A track car doesn't have to be rear-wheel drive, it just has to be nimble, responsive and not carry too much excess or unnecessary weight. Based on the current racing car, this particular Abarth is as close as a consumer can get to driving the real thing without passing a racing licence. The only real compromise the company has made in its development is making it meet the requisite road requirements so that it can be driven, rather than transported to and from a track. Photo:AFP

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Lotus Exige S Roadster from €67,000/$91,000 : Lotus has a full-blooded track day car in the form of the 2-Eleven, but the road car it's based on, the Exige, is almost as capable, much better looking, has a roof and a lovely V6 engine to boot. Offering 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds it's no slouch and is as graceful in the bends as a ballerina. Photo:AFP
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Lotus Exige S Roadster from €67,000/$91,000 : Lotus has a full-blooded track day car in the form of the 2-Eleven, but the road car it's based on, the Exige, is almost as capable, much better looking, has a roof and a lovely V6 engine to boot. Offering 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds it's no slouch and is as graceful in the bends as a ballerina. Photo:AFP
Lotus Exige S Roadster from €67,000/$91,000 : Lotus has a full-blooded track day car in the form of the 2-Eleven, but the road car it's based on, the Exige, is almost as capable, much better looking, has a roof and a lovely V6 engine to boot. Offering 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds it's no slouch and is as graceful in the bends as a ballerina. Photo:AFP
Lotus Exige S Roadster from €67,000/$91,000 : Lotus has a full-blooded track day car in the form of the 2-Eleven, but the road car it's based on, the Exige, is almost as capable, much better looking, has a roof and a lovely V6 engine to boot. Offering 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds it's no slouch and is as graceful in the bends as a ballerina. Photo:AFP
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BMW M4 €70,000/$95,000 : Every generation of ‘M' badged BMW has one thing in common, it's great on the track. Not just fun to drive with predictable handling, but also easy on the wear and tear where things like brakes and tires are concerned. The M4 is no exception and thanks to a stunning specifications list, ticking the right boxes will give you a car that's as easy to race as it is for a whole family to live with. Photo:AFP
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BMW M4 €70,000/$95,000 : Every generation of ‘M' badged BMW has one thing in common, it's great on the track. Not just fun to drive with predictable handling, but also easy on the wear and tear where things like brakes and tires are concerned. The M4 is no exception and thanks to a stunning specifications list, ticking the right boxes will give you a car that's as easy to race as it is for a whole family to live with. Photo:AFP
BMW M4 €70,000/$95,000 : Every generation of ‘M' badged BMW has one thing in common, it's great on the track. Not just fun to drive with predictable handling, but also easy on the wear and tear where things like brakes and tires are concerned. The M4 is no exception and thanks to a stunning specifications list, ticking the right boxes will give you a car that's as easy to race as it is for a whole family to live with. Photo:AFP
BMW M4 €70,000/$95,000 : Every generation of ‘M' badged BMW has one thing in common, it's great on the track. Not just fun to drive with predictable handling, but also easy on the wear and tear where things like brakes and tires are concerned. The M4 is no exception and thanks to a stunning specifications list, ticking the right boxes will give you a car that's as easy to race as it is for a whole family to live with. Photo:AFP
Radical SR8 RX €88,000/$120,000 : This little thing goes like a rocket thanks to a V8 engine running the show. It's almost as light as the Atom but thanks to an extra 185bhp and phenomenal levels of grip, it currently holds the Nurburgring lap record - six minutes and 48 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche 818 Spyder. Photo:AFP
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Radical SR8 RX €88,000/$120,000 : This little thing goes like a rocket thanks to a V8 engine running the show. It's almost as light as the Atom but thanks to an extra 185bhp and phenomenal levels of grip, it currently holds the Nurburgring lap record - six minutes and 48 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche 818 Spyder. Photo:AFP
Radical SR8 RX €88,000/$120,000 : This little thing goes like a rocket thanks to a V8 engine running the show. It's almost as light as the Atom but thanks to an extra 185bhp and phenomenal levels of grip, it currently holds the Nurburgring lap record - six minutes and 48 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche 818 Spyder. Photo:AFP
Radical SR8 RX €88,000/$120,000 : This little thing goes like a rocket thanks to a V8 engine running the show. It's almost as light as the Atom but thanks to an extra 185bhp and phenomenal levels of grip, it currently holds the Nurburgring lap record - six minutes and 48 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche 818 Spyder. Photo:AFP
Porsche 911 GT3 €137,000/$131,000 : The stripped back, crash diet, minimal technological aids version of the standard 911, the GT3 has become the purists' choice but even the most expert driver has been known to take a spill in it. Still even with its extreme handling and without the standard 911's rear seats, it's a lot more practical than the Radical on days when the track is closed. Photo:AFP
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Porsche 911 GT3 €137,000/$131,000 : The stripped back, crash diet, minimal technological aids version of the standard 911, the GT3 has become the purists' choice but even the most expert driver has been known to take a spill in it. Still even with its extreme handling and without the standard 911's rear seats, it's a lot more practical than the Radical on days when the track is closed. Photo:AFP
Porsche 911 GT3 €137,000/$131,000 : The stripped back, crash diet, minimal technological aids version of the standard 911, the GT3 has become the purists' choice but even the most expert driver has been known to take a spill in it. Still even with its extreme handling and without the standard 911's rear seats, it's a lot more practical than the Radical on days when the track is closed. Photo:AFP
Porsche 911 GT3 €137,000/$131,000 : The stripped back, crash diet, minimal technological aids version of the standard 911, the GT3 has become the purists' choice but even the most expert driver has been known to take a spill in it. Still even with its extreme handling and without the standard 911's rear seats, it's a lot more practical than the Radical on days when the track is closed. Photo:AFP
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