World's Smallest Car: 'Hybrid Death Trap' Reviewed On 'Top Gear' By Jeremy Clarkson [VIDEO]

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on February 5, 2013 10:45 PM EST

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The world's smallest car was recently reviewed by "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The vehicle did not receive favorable reviews. It was called a "hybrid death trap" by the host. (Photo: peelengineering.co.uk)

The world's smallest car may quickly become the world's most popular car. Manufactures are currently working tirelessly to create the next great fuel-efficient, small-sized vehicle that will allow people—especially in emerging markets—to own a vehicle that has excellent mileage and a long life span. The next great microcar, which is being billed as the world's smallest, is called the P50. But, if you're the host of "Top Gear," you can get an even smaller, specially made version of the car, which is exactly what host Jeremy Clarkson did.

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The world's smallest car, better known as the P45, the British slang term for "pink slip," the document given to people to notify them that they've been laid off, is being reviewed by a slew of new experts. It's incredible popularity has taken over the blogosphere and much more. It's one of the few cars that many believe could have a major impact on the car industry, especially in emerging markets. Not everyone is convinced that the P45 will be as great as it's touted to be, though.

Jeremy Clarkson, the host of "Top Gear," has called the P45 a "hybrid death trap" on several occasions. The host, known for his admiration of fast vehicles, has been quick to judge microcars and hybrids on several occasions. It's fair to say that the experts at "Top Gear" are usually looking for an ultra-powerful, super-fast vehicle. In this case, as Clarkson reviewed the vehicle marketed as "the world's smallest car," Clarkson was forced to appreciate other mechanics of the vehicle.

The P45 is unlike anything that's ever been marketed to the masses. It's more like a bodysuit than a vehicle. The "body" of the world's smallest car isn't much of a body at all. Instead, it's more like a casing that fits snugly around the driver's body. In Clarkson's review of the machine, the famous host of "Top Gear" looks extremely uncomfortable and is noticeably awkward and at risk during his short drive.

During one part of his review, Clarkson is able to squeeze through traffic using the slender body of the P45. While other cars wait in an extremely long line of traffic, Clarkson takes the P45 through the edge of the vehicle lane, much like a cyclist would in the city. It's clear that the world's smallest car is able to bend the rules of driving more easily than a full-sized car.

Here's a video of the world's smallest car:

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