It’s worth highlighting early on that this Westfield exhibits neither the dynamic deftness nor the outright agility of its rivals from Caterham. However, neither does it match those cars for expense, so the real question is: just how close does it get?
The first thing to note is that the tall transmission tunnel forces you to adopt one of two driving styles. Either you go neat and tidy, tucking your elbows in and guiding the car using as little lock (corrective or otherwise) as possible – something eminently possible, if a touch perilous, given the car’s somewhat ragged transition from grip to slip – or it’s elbows unashamedly out.
You might well find yourself subconsciously opting for the latter, purely because of the physicality of the driving experience.
Our car was equipped with the full gamut of Westfield’s chassis upgrades and naturally featured the marque’s preference for an independent rear axle as opposed to the de Dion set-up employed by Caterham.
It rides and steers well enough at moderate speeds, exhibiting better body control than you might expect (thank those optional anti-roll bars) and a suppleness that most other lightweights would struggle to match.