This is the most egregious misuse of the term “Hot Rod” possibly ever. It’s been used on a tuner edition of the Indian-made Tata Nano, the world’s most inexpensive car. This glorified golf cart takes thirty freaking seconds to get to 60 mph. Not three, not thirteen, thirty. The good news is that once you achieve that speed you are one passing semi away from certain doom. Hell, a passing mini-van may cause you to lose control in its air wake.
We saw this horrifying contraption on the New York Times Wheels blog. Those guys managed to talk to the company that makes this “Hot Rod” kit for the Nano, which is a body kit that harkens back to the glorious days of the late 1990s ricer look. The bizarre, gaping, monk fish-esque front end looks to have been barfed out of a body kit factory a decade or so ago.