This Is What Happens when You Race a Citroen C1 at the Nurburgring

Most petrolheads save up all the money they can to fuel their addiction for speed and glory. They eat cup ramen for months on end, just so they can buy the hot hatch of their dreams to take onto the Nurburgring.
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But why put up with all those months of austerity when you can just drive… whatever you have? This guy had that bright idea and racing the Citroen C1 city car onto the most complicated and dangerous tracks in Europe. The results are as predictable as they are amusing to watch.

During the tourist track day taking place this Sunday (July 13th) the driver spins his little C1 and ends up crashing into the safety barrier… backwards. The French car was never designed to go fast. It's short, tall, underpowered and rolls around on skinny tires. It really has no place on the Green Hell, which claims the lives of many skilled drivers in real race cars each year.

On this older model C1, two uninspiring engines were available, a 60 hp 1-liter and a 54 hp 1.4-liter diesel. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes about 15 seconds in either one. The standard 155/65 R14 tires are among the skinniest offered by European manufacturer.

The upside is that everything corner of the Nurburgring feels fast and dangerous when you're in a sloppy city runabout, so you're having more fun. And because you're not going fast, the crashes are less dangerous and the repairs can be carried out at a fraction of what they would cost for a Porsche or BMW.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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