Shrove Tuesday has crêped up on us again, so as a tribute to the pancake, let’s have a look at some of the lowest and flattest cars made.
Top of the stack is The Reactor! An aluminium show-car built by the famous custom auto stylist and hot rod builder Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop in 1965. The car ran a flat six engine from a Corvair and featured a hydraulic liquid air suspension system, allowing the height to be changed from a ground clearance of 4 inches up to 9 ½ inches. You may also recognise this car from several television series including Bewitched. Cool huh!
Next to show off its flatness is the Ford GT40. At 40inches high, the car was originally constructed to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. It certainly brought the icing sugar home, pulling in four consecutive wins on the Circuit de la Sarthe. The 7ltr V8 Mk IV GT40 remains the only American-designed-and-built car ever to win a Le Mans title.
Finally, we have the Flatmobile by custom car builder Perry Watkins. The car, which is 19inches tall, has held the record for the lowest street-legal car with three different vehicles since 1989. The car is based on a chopped up Hillman Imp and runs a jet-turbine engine. You batter believe it!! Happy Pancake Day!
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