February 9, 2004 at 7:47 pm #8577
[?]A company in East Yorkshire has chucked out the wheezy original 660cc turbo engne and stuck in a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motor in the MCC Smart!
130 mph and 0-60 in 4 seconds.
Kit cost £6,000 + the car.
THEY MUST BE A SARNY SHORT OF A PICNIC!! [V][V]February 10, 2004 at 9:03 am #17532
Sounds expensive but fun!February 12, 2004 at 11:26 pm #17533
Company name is Z-Cars. They did some of the work on my chassis, have been doing BEC stuff for a long while now with background in grasstrack racing.
Website here: https://www.zcars.org.uk/ but no info on the Smarts yet.
I have some pics of the demo car and conversion kit Chris had at the Autosport show recently if anyone is interested..
The kit also fits the new Smart roadsters. Having test driven the roadster and also driven GF’s normal Smart, I reckon it’d be best put in the roadster which at least goes round corners to start with! February 12, 2004 at 11:31 pm #17534
PS. The conversion kit is currently £6000 all in and fitted. This cost may well go down if they can sort out a better way of dealing with the wiring. Currently each conversion is almost completely rewired by hand.. [:0]
Chris was talking about using some kind of mutli-plug connector thing and just plugging all the new bit into the original bit which would obviously speed the process up a bit.
Knowing Chris though, I wouldn’t hold your breath on this one! February 13, 2004 at 9:48 am #17535AnonymousInactive
I’d like to see your pics of the Smart Tim. Any pics of your car too? Sounds great.February 13, 2004 at 8:05 pm #17536February 13, 2004 at 11:19 pm #17537
Nice links TimD.
Your car is a superb piece of work!February 14, 2004 at 11:36 am #17538
Yup, nice work on the car and the websiteFebruary 14, 2004 at 11:52 am #17539
Smart car looks great and even better without the bodywork! Quality of your shots is excellent, what camera are you using?February 14, 2004 at 12:31 pm #17540
Ta, its a Fuji Finepix S602Zoom digi camera. Have a half gig flash card so all sots are taken on a high res setting so can be cropped and sized later without losing quality.
Having said that I only ever leave it set on “Auto” so presumably if I knew what I was doing I could get better pics with it!! February 16, 2004 at 9:47 am #17541
To take close up shots like that indoors (presumably with a flash) it must be a good one. Where did you see the Smart?February 16, 2004 at 10:47 am #17542
Don’t remember if I used the flash or not – quite possibly though! the file info tells me all sorts of guff about shutter speed and stuff, but not if the flash was on or not! Ho hum.
The Smart was at the Autosport International sho at the NEC in January. It’s a good show (especially if you can get in the quieter trade days) but mainly racecar type stuff not motorbikes specifically,unless their engines are being used in cars! February 16, 2004 at 3:33 pm #17543wheelieParticipant
Love to see any car/bike stripped down to the chassis. Always looks like there’s gonna be something special going on.
I’ve donated to the forum, have you?
March 10, 2004 at 4:50 pm #17544
More info and video clips of the Smart BECs here, if folks are still interested:
Tim.March 24, 2006 at 11:40 pm #17545
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