BASE PERFORMANCE

How about MOTOR set a minimum 115kW/tonne limit for test cars?

Phill Ruppell , via email

I buy magazines for all sorts of reasons and when I get MOTOR it’s for performance car news – is it not?

How about MOTOR set a minimum 115kW/tonne limit and ditch the badgedup pretenders from the list of genuine performance cars. And before fans of the MX-5 or similar condemn their removal from the back pages – these are ‘light sports cars’ and don’t really meet the criteria of true performance cars with grunt.

As it stands if a ‘SSS’ Proton Jumbuck was released it would also be included in Hot Source – and that’s silly.

Interesting suggestion, Phill, although we stand for both performance and driving enjoyment/satisfaction. We wouldn’t be able to test a 2.0-litre MX-5 with a 115kW/tonne limit, as you pointed out, and if we put you on a racetrack in one of these cars, with the electronics off, we’d have to wait until you ran out of fuel. A 2.0-litre MX-5 on a racetrack is as much fun – in a very different sense, of course – as a Porsche 911 GT3.

How about MOTOR set a minimum 115kW/tonne limit for test cars?