I CRASHED the Smallest Car in the WORLD! | Bumper 2 Bumper

(gasping) – [Man] Oh my God. – Yeah, that happened. I flipped my first car. And everything after this was written before I did that. This is the smallest and probably most terrifying car in the world. Not only that, it’s one of the most expensive cars in the world per pound. So why does it exist? What is it for? All of those questions and more will be answered shortly. So, grab that glasses
thing that jewelers use to see tiny things, ’cause it’s time to go single front headlight
to single rear tire, bumper to bumper on apparently
a very flippable car, I’m a little shook. (laughs) It might be a weird energy on this one. On the Peel P50. (rock music) – Thanks to Curiosity Stream
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unique cars on this show. Cars that I would love to own and drive. Cars that I fit in,
cars that I don’t flip. But this is the smallest and most flippable one we’ve ever had. This P50 is, in fact, the smallest production car in the world. How do I know that? Because the freaking Guinness
Book of World Records says so. (upbeat electronic music) – It’s only 54 inches long. To put that into perspective, the two door Mini Cooper, one of the smallest cars
you can buy in the U.S., is 151 inches long. That’s almost three
times this car’s length. And what is truly cuckoo bananas about the P50 is it’s
street legal in the U.S. Would I wanna drive it on the streets? No. Betwixt all those huge
trucks and SUVs, no! So, you’re probably sitting on the toilet, like most of you guys who watch our videos are doing, and wondering: Who made this car? Why did they make it? And how the (beep) did this come to be? Max can you just role the footage of this car trying to kill me again? (train horn) (crashing sound)
(gasping) – [Man] Oh my god. – The year was 1960. A bloke named Cyril Cannell had an idea. Cyril lived in a small town called Peel on an island sandwiched between England and Ireland, the island of Man. AKA the Isle of Man. Maybe you’ve heard of this island. It’s famous for it’s three-legged flag, being the birth place of the Bee Gees, and for hosting one of
the most notoriously terrifying motorcycle races of all time. (engine roaring) – [Man] Mother!
– [Woman] Oh my gosh! – Now, the Isle of Man TT or Tourist Trophy has
been going on since 1907. Racers navigate 30 miles
of treacherous roads at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour. There have been over 250 deaths since the TT started on the Isle of Man. In 1970 alone, a record six
racers lost their lives. You have to be seriously twisted to race in that motorcycle race. – [Announcer] And, oh my! Whoa!
– [Man] Whoa! – The roads on the Isle of Man are narrow and curvy, less than ideal for anything wider than a bicycle. It was for this reason that Cyril Cannell wanted to design a microcar that would make sense for commuting on these windy island roads. He worked at Peel Engineering. A small company that made
fiberglass boat hulls and motorcycle bodies. So, it made sense to make the body of the car
out of fiberglass, as well. With the help of a co-worker, Cyril began designing
his dream island car. (upbeat tech music) The whole thing weighs only 230 pounds. Here is a list of dogs that weigh more than this deathtrap of a car. (dog barking) Newfoundland, St. Bernard, English Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Clifford. (upbeat music) The front is bare bones. There’s tiny bumpers that, honestly, wouldn’t protect you from anything. Also, this tiny windscreen
has one tiny wiper on it for optimum cuteness. Right under the tiny headlight is the tiny gas cap, where
you put a teacup worth of gas in, which brings
me to my next point. This base level P50 has a
49cc single overhead cam scooter engine in it,
which is still too much. Output is 3.5 horsepower and
two whole pound feet of torque. If you’re not impressed yet, buckle up. The P50 has a top speed
of 28 miles per hour, but it only takes two to flip you and make you scared. Max, play it again. (electronic whoosh) (explosion)
(gasping) Peel debuted the P50
at the 1962 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in England. They originally sold
for 199 British pounds, which translates to about
5,000 U.S. dollars today. But, it didn’t sell that well. I wonder why? No more than 50 of the cars were made and only 27 are known to exist today. Peel designed a few other microcars, like the two passenger Trident and one called the Viking
that was based off of a Mini. But, ultimately, none of
them could save the business and Peel Engineering had
to shut her doors in 1974. Now, it’s time for me
to get back in the car. (thunder) (heavy breathing) (creaking) This single seat is
literally patio furniture and doesn’t give you any sense of safety when you roll it over. P50 was advertised to be big enough for one person and one bag. I’m not sure how big people
are on the Isle of Man, but I bet about 30% of Americans wouldn’t be able to fit in this. There’s not really much to
talk about in this interior. I’m honestly feeling
kind of claustrophobic. It’s like a tiny tractor. It’s sort of triggering my PTSD. There’s a little tiny
speedometer right here that goes up to 160 kilometers per hour. Even though this car only
goes 45 kilometers per hour. There’s a window right here that’s like race car-y for ventilation, I guess. Despite everything, this
is still my favorite part of the episode. Let’s start this little (beep) up. My foot! (laughing) (mechanical whirring) (engine revving) It still sounds pretty sick. It’s still a car and I still like it. Even though it feels
like I’m driving a bus that is too small for one man. (upbeat tech music) This car that tried to kill me isn’t even actually a
real P50, it’s a replica. Peel Engineering was resurrected in 2010 with new body types,
models, and updated engines. This base model P50 is
available for around $10,000. With it, you get the 49cc engine and a bunch of different color options and custom liveries. Other trim levels of the P50 include an all-electric version, and if this isn’t enough of a deathtrap, you can get the 125GT, the
hot rod of the Peel world. The GT Spider is Peel’s flagship model and it cost over $22,000 by weight. That means, you are paying $95 a pound for a convertible version of this car. Put that into perspective. A brand new 600 horsepower
Lamborghini Urus cost $41 a pound, and it
won’t flip and hurt your arm. (upbeat tech music) P50 definitely isn’t a value play. It definitely isn’t safe, either. But it’s cute and it’s unique and it can fit a surprisingly
tall human in it. You can even buy one without an engine, so you can do the motor
swap of your dreams. Just in case having a three-wheeled super dangerous, but really slow, and goofy-looking babe
magnet isn’t enough for you. This thing’s enough for me. Literally, scariest car I’ve ever driven. Max, play it again. (screaming)
(explosion) – [Man] Go, go, go, go, go. (upbeat tech music) (beep) – I just want to give a big shout out to Galpin for always being
a great partner for Donut. They’ve hooked us up a
million times in the past, and they were nice enough to let us drive their P50 for this episode
and they weren’t even that mad when I flipped it. – [Man] Yeah. (gasping) – [Man] Oh my god.