Well, I just couldn’t help. Actually, it’s only a pun and the famous Dragon is not going to unwrap or skin a car. What has happened, though, thanks to an investment from James Caan, the Peel brand has been revived.
You might remember those crazy tiny cars that were produced during the 1960 on the Isle of Man. The rebirth of the Peel is the brainchild of Gary Hillman and Faizal Khan. A while ago they were featured on Dragon’s Den where they secured and investment of £80,000 for 30% of the company from James Caan.
Now, you can pre-order one of the unique new cars via Peel Engineering website. Both single-seater P50 and two-seater Trident will be available. Each car comes in three editions: classic petrol Peel and two versions with electric motors.
Peel Electric Car in Numbers
I’m obviously more interested in the electric cars. The “Fun” edition is equipped with a 1.0kW electric motor. The car can do 12mph and last for 30 miles per charge. The more serious electric car is the “Eco” edition with 3kW motor. This car can reach speeds up to 50mph and it has a range of 50 miles. The prices start at £6,995.
Yes, it is good news. Something is at last being made in Britain. Yey! Can you sense a bit of sadness in what I’m saying? I bet you can and I bet you can guess that my next rant will be about safety. Ok, the Peel cars are still road-legal in the UK because they’re classified as three-wheelers or quad-bikes. Still, I’ve said it before about the Reva G-Wiz electric car, cars that are so tiny and narrow always come with safety issues. Sometimes they are even less safe than motorbikes because small cars can easily trap people causing more damage.
But then, don’t let me distract you from admiring the new Peel or even considering buying one. I guess if you never leave the comforts of the slow-paced traffic in London (or any other metropolis for that matter) you should be relatively safe. I mean, can you have a severe crash moving at 7mph?
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