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. 

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Independent rear suspension grips hard around quicker bends, but a de Dion-sprung Caterham’s handling would be more adjustable

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.

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Stability? Agility? Both very much in evidence, and although the Sport 250 doesn’t suffer from bump steer, its rack at all times remaining true, you do feel everything the road has to offer, for better or worse.

At higher speeds, the gelatinous control weights demand commitment from the driver, yet a lack of progression in the tyres can make that feel like a leap of faith – not something particularly welcome in such a fragile, monstrously powerful machine.

However, there’s an abundance of thrills to be had here and, as a kit car, there’s also the option of adjusting the Sport 250’s factory set-up to your liking. That will be hugely appealing to a lot of drivers.

Westfield delivered the car to us with a ‘fast road and track day’ set-up, which meant that anti-rolls bars had been fitted along with a limited-slip differential and adjustable suspension.

As such, the 250 Sport was undeniably quick around the handling circuit at MIRA, developing terrific grip through faster corners and seemingly teleporting itself down the shorter straights.

However, it never gave us the assurance to approach its ultimate pace, something largely down to the brakes, which suffered from vibrations and were difficult to modulate, being prone to locking up should the pedal be depressed not far past the initial biting point.

The apex-piercing finesse of a Caterham Seven is lacking here, and yet the Westfield was still an enjoyable experience on track overall.

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