South Africa’s cheapest ‘car’ compared to the bicycle is a weird drag race
If you’ve been our avid reader for about a year, you know we love drag racing. The simplicity of these straight-line races showcases a lot about each competitor, mostly about their power and the way it is transmitted to the wheels (forget about handling though).
But what if the contenders aren’t exactly the fastest cars on the planet? This is what we have here in this drag race organized by South Africa Cars.
Interestingly, and ironically, the two contenders for this straight-line race aren’t cars at all. As the title suggests, one is a bike, ridden by publication resident racing driver Ashley Oldfield, who also happens to be a prolific cyclist. According to them, it can muster 1.6 horsepower (1.2 kilowatts) of maximum power, sent to the rear wheel.
The other is a Bajaj. Now if you are a pilot and this brand sounds familiar to you, it is because it is an Indian brand of motorcycles, known for its recent partnership with Triumph. Bajaj is also known for making motorcycles with more than two wheels, like the RE which has three and this one, the Bajaj Qute.
You might mistake the Bajaj Qute for a car, but it’s actually a “quadricycle” with a 216cc bike motor under the rear seats powering the rear axle. While the Qute isn’t technically a car, it’s one of the cheapest four-wheelers you can buy in South Africa at R75,000 or around $ 5,300 at current exchange rates.
The Qute is certainly more powerful than the bike, with up to 10.8 hp (8.08 kW). But obviously the Qute is heavier (given that four people are in the tiny vehicle during the drag race).
That said, watch the video at the top of this page to see how the bike completely destroyed the Bajaj Qute in this test. It was fun, but not so cute for the quadricycle.