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.