Motorcycle Engine in smart Car
Along with the Toyota Prius GT which we previously covered, the smart car (Mercedes writes the name of the car with a lower-case "s") modified by Peter Bee and Z Cars is an answer to a question that nobody had asked, but still kind of cool. The super-mini-car is not quite treehugging in itself since the modifications certainly made it less efficient than it originally was, but anything that can get the general public excited about smaller cars (especially in North-America) can only be a good thing. The specs of the modified smart are: 180 hp from a GSXR1000 Suzuki motorcycle engine (they call the car "Smartuki" because of it), a 13,000 RPM redline, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 1/4 mile in 12.4 seconds and it tops out at 132mph. "Autosport Magazine tested it against a Mistubishi Evo FQ-330. It didn’t win but fared better than the Subaru that tried a week earlier." No word on fuel economy, but we assume that it must still be decent when the engine is kept at low revs.