Stirling Moss: 108 Cars Piloted In Racing Career, Now Drives A Renault Twizy – Video

MAY 19 2015 BY JAY COLE 21

Stirling Moss Gets Ready For His Next Race ... In Congested London

Stirling Moss Gets Ready For His Next Race … In Congested London

British Formula One racing legend Stirling Moss drove 108 different race cars in his prolonged career – winning an astounding 212 of the 529 races he entered.

What does the 84 year-old racer drive today?  A Renault Twizy with ‘SM 7’ personalised numberplates of course.

His thoughts on the car?  “It’s a fun car to drive, but I would like some more power.”

Hat tip to offib!

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21 Comments on "Stirling Moss: 108 Cars Piloted In Racing Career, Now Drives A Renault Twizy – Video"

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He needs the KERS system.

Warren

For those suffering from extreme testosterone poisoning, it sometimes takes decades to become well. He is now able to appreciate enlightened motoring.

tedfredrick

My dad now drives a leaf. He was the designer and builder of the Budweiser Rocet car. The first car to go faster than the speed of sound

Lensman

Even if I were to get an NEV, I’d still want one that at least had real doors, and windows to keep the rain out. Heck, I’m spoiled; I’d even want an air conditioner. Of course, in England that’s far less necessary; the locals there think it’s beastly hot when it’s 80° F!

offib

It gets beastly hot in the UK, very hot too in the midlands, the likes of York for example was 28C the last time I was there. Couldn’t operate properly. I haven’t seen Irish weather that rose to 26C in 9 years, and thank goodness (during working days of course). 20C is not a totally comfortable change.

Anyway, I would say that a decade ago, A/C was unnecessary. An open window did fine. The vast majority of used cars didn’t have AC. It still does well, but the air isn’t as fresh as I’d remember and a few bursts of AC can be a life saver in grid lock. A/C is almost a must now, it’s the quickest way to de-mist your windows, in all times of year…

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Warren

The doors and windows, are available as separate options.

I commuted, in the hot, humid south for forty years with no AC. Roll up your cuffs, wear flip-flops, drink iced coffee.

Lensman

Yes, I’ve seen photos of versions of the Twizy with a fully enclosed cabin. But most photos I’ve seen, like this one, have those half-doors and no side windows. Reminds me more of a “car” in a carnival ride than a proper motorcar.

Anon

That’s the proper environment for a Twizzy. Too bad they don’t sell them as NEVs in the US…

Red HHR.

OK, so what does the 7′ refer to? Or was that the only thing available? Thanks.

jzj

Stirling Moss was an amazing driver. An EV manufacturer should do an ad with him. He was cutting edge then, he’s cutting edge now.

Just_Chris

Go sterling, why are people so down on the twizy. It has a whole lot more protection than a motor bike and 60 mph is plenty fast enough if you are not going on the motor way. This is a fun car at a reasonable price that uses almost no energy to drive around. If these were legal in Australia this would be how I got to work.

Warren

Yup. I’m waiting for someone to say it won’t survive being T-boned by an SUV. 🙂

Warren

Oh! That was the very first post about roadkill…neanderthals.

Just_Chris

If you and I ruled the world it’d all be different. I would happily pay $100 for every time the tires on my leaf touched grass if people who put mud tires on their SUV’s paid $1 every time their tires touched tarmac.

Still on the lighter side of things the “fuel” bill for my LEAF is about a 1/3 of the tax paid by the average Australian driver for the same distance driven.

Lensman

60 MPH? All versions of the Twizy listed on its Wikipedia page have a top speed of either 28 MPH or 50 MPH.

That car simply isn’t engineered for the highway. Not with those small wheels and its tall, top-heavy profile.

Warren

The batteries are in the floor, just like a Tesla. Every road test I’ve read/seen says it handles like a gokart.

“Proper” motorcars have, no infotainment toys, and non-power rack and pinion steering. 🙂

Just_Chris

sorry my mistake, bad conversion from metric to imperial.

Still, 50 mph (80 km/hr) is fine for town/suburb driving. This is not for driving from LA to New York. It is for getting from the train station to your front door or from your house to your workplace that is only a 15-30 min drive away. If it cost $40,000 it would be a joke but at the $10,000 mark it is in my mind a pretty good deal (in UK Twizy costs 7,400 pounds for the “top” end model would work out as $11,000 note 20% sales tax so just under $10,000 would be a better price for comparison).

Just_Chris

Yes I know I am strange, what I should really do is buy an old c**p second hand car fill it with about as much oil as petrol and get from home to work in a cloud of blue smoke

or spend $15,000 on a sensibly priced economy car and $1000 on petrol a year for it.

or even better, decide I’m important and buy a massive SUV.

Marko

Call company Letrika which is producing motors for Twizy. They can change software of controller because motor is designed for 50kW and you get the rocket.