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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 10:12 PM
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After Hayabusa Heart Transplants, Smart Cars That Pump Fire
Americans tend to think of the Smart Fortwo as a fuel-frugal, docile ride, but a few mechanically inclined enthusiasts are tinkering with, if not wholly upending that image.

Fabricators, primarily outside the United States, have made a pastime of mating the body of the tame eco-cart with the engine of a Suzuki Hayabusa sportbike. The results can be seen on YouTube smoking tires and humiliating Ferraris in drag races.

Though these crossbreeds had appeared primarily overseas, at least two American firms have built prototype Busa Smarts and extended their expertise to like-minded motorists, offering conversion kits and complete build-ups.

High-octane Smart cars are not so new. Daimler, the parent company of Smart, has marketed a skunk-works version, the Brabus Smart, with a turbocharged 1-liter in-line 3-cylinder engine tuned to about 100 horsepower, about 30 horsepower more than the basic Fortwo. Hayabusa-powered Smarts, in contrast, generate 170 horsepower, or 10 more than the Fiat 500 Abarth, which weighs about 1,000 pounds more than a stock Smart.

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/after-hayabu...
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