A video of a drag race of an unusual Smart, which is called the world’s fastest Smart, has been published on the Race Your Ride YouTube channel. The modified microcar was able to overcome the 1/4 mile in 9.92 seconds thanks to the 9.1-liter V8 installed on the car.
Drag racing enthusiast Mark Cryer first put his Smart into the race back in 2014 – but then his Smart was noticeably slower. On a custom-designed chrome-molybdenum frame, Mark installed a 7.5-liter Chevrolet V8 and a single pilot’s seat covered with a 2009 Smart ForTwo body. Such a dragster passed a quarter mile in about 11 seconds.
A new 555 cubic inch (over 9 liters) engine is the key to improving racing performance. It is noteworthy that, in contrast to the standard Smart, the dragster has a motor installed in the front of the body, and the driver sits right behind the engine.
There are no information about the power or torque of the engine, but during test drives at a distance of 1/4 mile it was able to accelerate to 218 km/h.
The creators of the project – Mark Cryer and his son Nick, who is piloting the car – do not consider it completed. Now they are working on the stability of the Smart during acceleration: the behavior of the super-powerful hatch is greatly complicated by the ultra-short wheelbase for a dragster.