How to make a Supercar - Build a Smart Super Car with a Hayabusa motor

How to make a Super car out of a little one

 

While surfing thru youtube I found out how easily Portuguese make super cars out of little ones.

Now you are thinking that I am kidding and I understand you because if I had not see it I probably did not believe either.

Just imagine two little Smart Fourtwo...

Smart car history

The idea behind the "Smart car" was to create a vehicle easy to park and short enough to allow "nose-in" parking. Its length of 250 centimeters (98.4 in) would equal the width of a regular parking slot, allowing two or three Smarts to park in the space as one normal car.

Smart Fourtwo (Photo by Thyka @ www.sxc.hu)
Smart Fourtwo (Photo by Thyka @ www.sxc.hu)

The project, started by Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch, was nicknamed the "Swatchmobile". The name Smart is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART. Intended to use innovative features (such as a hybrid engine) and be affordable for young people.

Swatch company searched for an established car maker to produce his Swatch car. After General Motors reviewed and rejected the project as potentially unprofitable and then Smart turned to Volkswagen. Due to VW's own financial weakness at the time their plans would never reached a final stage so Swatch teamed up with Daimler-Benz. The purpose-built factory complex Smartville in France was established in 1994 as a joint-venture of both companies.

The final car design proved to be far from Smart's expectations: its eco-technology engine was far from Mercedes' ideas. The joint venture experienced heavy losses and after some disputes Swatch pulled out in 2004.

In 2006, after tapering sales, Smart GmbH was liquidated and its operations were absorbed within the Mercedes-Benz automobile group. It was later revealed that Smart GmbH lost nearly 4 billion euro from 2003 to 2006. In the same year, DaimlerChrysler announced that it would also cancel the Forfour and redesign the Fortwo to debut in Europe in 2007.

  • SMART Official site

    Includes model details, specifications, pictures, and links to international sites.

Change their engines

Now suppose you change the motors from those two Smart cars for two powerful Suzuki GSX1000 R motorbike engines.

Can you imagine what will be the final result!?

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (Photo by kylane @ www.sxc.hu)
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (Photo by kylane @ www.sxc.hu)

And the result...

 

Well, the result can only be intense burned rubber smell in the air and a great adrenalin rush!

Modified Smart car

Even more power

Watch one more transformation made by another crazy Portuguese guy:

a SMART Fourtwo this time with a 1300cc Hayabusa motor!!

This one it´s the Devil in disguise

Smart: Small Car, Big Deal
Smart: Small Car, Big Deal

The smart story is one of entrepreneurial vision and daring. It is a story of innovation and proof that to be successful, even the best ideas must be appropriate for their time.

 

Ferrari vs Smart car

There´s more...

If you are thinking those are the only Super Smart cars made by Portuguese you are wrong.

This hub would not be complete without an off-road version of the Smart, this one was built for the 2008 Dakar rally. Unfortunately it never reach to the Sahara desert due to the fact that Dakar was canceled.

Portuguese are not the only ones

It is true, Portugal and Greece have many similitude: they are both Mediterranean countries and more important, both have people transforming little Smart cars into monsters!

The Ultimate Smart Car

It caused quite a stir at the Athens Motor Show in November 2005

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The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitionsThe smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitionsThe smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions

Monster Smart

Unique 'Monster' version of the popular Smart car (called ForFun2) as seen at the Destination Brooklands Smart Car Festival on 28th July 2007, at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands.

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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

LMAO!!!!!! I love the Smartcars and that video is great!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks, I also like Smart but I don´t know if it´s really safe to drive this ones on public roads lol

These guys are stunt bikers who make all those crazy movements with powerful motorbikes.


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Ha that's great, i didn't know the portuguse were that tiny! Japan must be fast working on rival models!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi funnebone, unfortunatly Smartcar it´s not made by portuguese in fact we haven´t any brand of cars here but instead we built cars for several international brands.


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battyboop 8 years ago from Texas

My boyfriend modifies big american cars into supercars (camaros, corvettes etc), but what a cute idea with these little cars, lol. I haven't seen any of this before, thanks for the informative article!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks for your comment battyboop! Maybe you could write a hub about big american cars modification, I´ll bet you´ll have lots of traffic with it ;)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I can just imagine these little cars zipping around. It would be a blast to drive a modified Smartcar, but a tad bit frightening!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

You´re right Steph, those cars are only for exhibitions and freestyle events. I can´t imagine someone driving them on the public roads but I surely would love to try :)


sherlynavia 8 years ago from United States

Thanks for the info! Came to know about new things. Really very great Super car.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

I´m glad you liked it, Sherlynavia. Thanks for passing by ;)


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thomasrosquin 8 years ago from Southern California

What a crazy car.....I have seen those smart cars running around but one with a GXR engine is sweet. The recepe for going fast was written long ago! Light weight and lots of power!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Once again thanks for your comments. You´re right, these must be the best way to get the most from weight/power relation on a car.


hybrid me 7 years ago

please continue posting these information so that we could get more super car from you...


Maria 7 years ago

Incredible! I never thought a smart could be faster than a ferrari!


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ibloomdrop 7 years ago

These cars are adorable. I'd love to have one. Great hub!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

fantastic hub, some amazing Smart cars there. I reckon some of them are probably lethal, though!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you all for commenting. These little smart cars are indeed impressive.


debbi 7 years ago

this looks like a cute car..but..is it really safe for anyone??

its like puttin kids in a shoe box..


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Debbi, great to have you here. I wouldn´t say that the Smart is a safe car (specially with those powerful engines) but the idea is not to be safe... I guess those guys just want to have fun and feel the adrenaline rush :D


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

NIce car a great picture, I never saw this in my country. thanks for share.


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ForwardMomentum 7 years ago

Now that is crazy cars not smart cars lol.


unique smith 6 years ago

SUPER CAR ARE VERY UGLY SO STOP MAKING THEM BECAUSE U R MAKING HOLES IN OUR ZOONE LAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


becky lawrence 6 years ago

i got a aspa i can build a better car than that. that car is booty make a better one please whoever came up with this idea was seriuosly disturbed!!!!!! come at my college and see all the nice cars that are displayed in windows.


Heat Pump Reviews 6 years ago

This is a great page for smart cars. I want to build an off road version for hunting. It could go most places a quad could with heat and ac :)


meh 6 years ago

A tiny coffin on wheels. A crash with something bigger, at a speed higher than 60+kmh, makes you into a cyborg, forever.... because they'll never be able to separate your squashed remains from the car's interior. And if you're not squashed, then the G-forces of the crash that will catapult this small cage away from the other car because a Smart is so very light, will tear your organs apart and make your brain bounce inside your head like the ball in the pinball machine.

Personally, I'd rather have the Gixxer 1K...


Free Windows 7 Themes 5 years ago

Lambo anyday lol!


smitty 5 years ago

nice of you to drive you piggy bank here its smart on wheels


pablin 5 years ago

the smart car serves its purpose, "CITY COMUTING" best car ever made its all it is

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