Greetings, dear readers, and welcome to the sixth of my series of photos from Gran Turismo 5. This time around, the subject of my ingame photography are three classic British sports machines: The Lotus Elan, the Mini Marcos, and the Triumph Spitfire. While mildly powered, these machines (especially the Spitfire) have a throwable quality about them that makes them a joy to drive.
First up is the Lotus Elan, a lightwight, rear-wheel drive roadster that could be considered a distaff ancestor of the modern Mazda MX-5 Miata. Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus, designed cars around the maxim of “Simplify, then add lightness” and this ride is no exception. Modest power and a postively flingable chassis result in a car that was a joy to take around the London Course.
The second in the series is the Mini Marcos, which is, to my understanding, a kit car powered by the same running gear as the Minis of the time. Definetly more svelte looking than the Minis of the time, the Marcos nonetheless had difficulty standing up to more powerful machines of the era, as you can see in the photos below.
Lastly, we have my favorite of the trio, a Triumph Spitfire. Lightweight like the other two, this car is seemingly capable of freezing time in moments of oversteering bliss, taking corners while staring at the apex the entire time. It’s also got just a beautiful body to it, the curvaceousness of it… What a great car.
While one could deride these machines as old and slow, I think their characteristics and charisma make them unforgettable. I’ll tap the old cliche: “They don’t make them the way they used to.”