Lizard's Grade 4 car in Rage Racer is a pickup truck.
In R4, failing to beat a section time results in this needlessly long and hilarious comment from the announcer:
"MY GRANDMA DRIVES FASTER THAN THAT! GET WITH THE PROGRAM!"
Age Ecureuil in R4. One gear. Super-fast acceleration. Hilariously tight cornering.
In newer games, you can drift the full 360 degrees through a corner and keep going without any massive loss in speed. In general, the drift physics can come off as comical to those used to the harder drifts of the older Ridge Racer games.