Size isn’t everything, especially when it comes to 0-60 mph times, as become clear when four pocket rockets go wheel to wheel in the inaugural Sunday Times Speed Trials.


At Brands Hatch, two weeks ago, there were 4 of the smallest, lightest cars you can buy lined up on the track for the inaugural Sunday Times Speed trials – a test of how fast the quickest road-legal vehicles can hit the benchmark 60 mph.

There is the Ariel Atom 3.5R, Caterham Seven 620 R, KTM X-Bow RR and Formula Ford EcoBoost.

The Atom is the fastest of four incredibly rapid cars and wins the race, but only by three-tenths of a second. And only in a straight line. When we later tested the Atom wheel-to-wheel against the KTM X-Bow around the track, that margin vanished as the Austrian-built rival showed off its aerodynamic advantages through the bends.