Smart Car Beats a Mustang?!


#1

You have to have a Facebook account to view this, but once you do, you just might stop badmouthing Smart cars.


#2

Mustang driver was worthless, Car and Driver tested a stock GT500, did a 11.8 second quarter at 125 mph.

I wonder what was in the smart? Not stock, that’s for sure.


#3

Remember the days when people would put a Chevy 350 in …anything ! Jeep, Beetle , Model T ?
Maybe they fit one in a smart ?


#4

I forgot to mention, a stock smart did the quarter in a BLAZING 19.9s/68 mph…


#5

Fun video, I loved the wheelie, but clearly the smart car is not off-the-lot. If a stock smart car can do a wheelie I’ll eat my shorts.

By the way, I think Smart cars are novel modern versions of the old “bubble car” of war-torn post-WWII Europe. The only problem with them is they’re way overpriced for what you get. If only they were $9000 new they’d be perfect.


#6

The smart car is a modified version with a Toyota engine. Smart’s only really work in crowded cities. Even a Mazda2 is more useful to most of us.


#7
Remember the days when people would put a Chevy 350 in ...anything ! Jeep, Beetle , Model T ? Maybe they fit one in a smart ?

Pepole have been known to drop a 'Busa engine (either NA or turbo) in the Smart car.


#8

Oly, it looks like they must have pulled the whole Toyota engine and transaxle and put it under the rear half of the Smart car. Cool.


#9

@Ken: “Remember the days when people would put a Chevy 350 in …anything ! Jeep, Beetle , Model T ?”

…or perhaps a motorcycle? http://www.bosshoss.com/default.asp

You would think a V-6 would be enough for any motorcycle. Unfortunately, they only come with V-8s.


#10

@Whitey v8? Ha! How about the Dodge Tomahawk, which had a Viper V10? :wink:


#11

Had a friend put a 350 in am MG! Some suspension work needed!


#12

Guys around here would stick SB Chevys in 4wd Luv trucks(seemed to work pretty well) plus the usual gamut of small block Vegas,I think an Aluminum Olds V8 made a sweet swap for several compacts,one overlooked sleeper engine was a windsor Ford V8,one of the lightest production cast iron V8s around-Kevin


#13

Anyone here ever seen Boss Hoss motorcycles?


#14

Saw one where I used to work, but never running. Wanted to hear the straight pipes. Also was a guy there who had a flathead Ford V8 in a motorcycle (much nicer fit than the 350 Chev)…sounded cool.


#15

Saw a Boss Hoss at a car show. Overdone X 10. Just not my thing, I guess.


#16

Somebody wanted a big block in a smart?
youtube.com/watch?v=2LPnRRvgOzQ


#17

Particularly if it’s light and cheap enough people will try to get a v8 into almost anything, the S10/Ranger V8 swap. It’s much more work but you could get most ford small blocks (with a conversion kit) into a 1st gen Ford Focus, after changing it to RWD of course.


#18

When I was a young teenager there was a huge trike displayed at the state fair. It had a 12 cylinder Allison WW2 vintage aircraft engine which was bigger than a Smart Car and probably weighed twice as much! I had a buddy with a Chevy 283 cu. in. stuffed into an Austin Healey Sprite Mk 1 (bug eye)!


#19

I always thought a Ford 302 in a Miata made a nice “poor man’s Shelby.”


#20

I still wouldn’t buy one. We have a lot of Smart cars in the neighborhood. They fit in spaces no other car will fit in. With about one of those spaces per block, I can see the reason to buy one. Saves a lot of driving in circles. But it is too slow and expensive and the gas mileage is nothing special. Build a car that size that can do 0-60 in ten seconds and gets 50 MPG for $10k and I’d consider it.