First we had the hard-living, binge-drinking 'ladettes' taking over the town centres on a Friday night.

Now it seems we have a new breed of ferocious young females - 'girl racers'- who are ripping up the tarmac in their high-performance modified cars.

According to price comparison website these hot-rods are pushing up insurance premiums for other young women. says: "The increase in women customising their cars is said to be inspired by the TV motor makeover show Pimp my ride."

It says the most popular modifications are alloy wheels, followed by an oversized exhaust manifold, a rear spoiler and lowered suspension.