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Smaaart Car unveiled

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World’s first stretch smart car unveiled

Carbonyte UK, creator of the world's first Ferrari limousine has unveiled its latest canny conversion, the world's only stretched smart Car, the Carbonyte Smaaart.

The Carbonyte team, led by MD and ex-McLaren man Chris Wright, took a Mercedes Benz smart Fortwo and stretched its chassis by 2700mm, to create a 17 feet vehicle (5100 mm).

Despite growing to over twice its normal length (2695mm), the Smaaart's new lightweight alloy chassis allows the vehicle to be powered by its original 600cc engine and still comfortably reach motorway speeds of 80mph. In all, the build process took just 300 man-hours over four weeks from the initial chassis cut to the final paintwork.

The prototype Smaaart has been designed as a promotional vehicle, featuring a 20:1 scale fibre-glass replica soft drinks can, complete with ring-pull, which serves as van-like storage space for promotional items.

The Smaaart can be liveried to any client's design choice and hired on a daily basis or bespoke vehicles can be manufactured for individual clients to lease or purchase outright.

Carbonyte is also looking to take the Smaaart into the funeral industry by using the latest electric technology to produce an individual yet environmentally friendly hearse.

! YourAutos.ca, used car comparison shopping site published by Metroland Media Group Ltd., Ontario Canada.




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I never did learn to appreciate British humour.

Not enough taurine in your diet. Clearly this is already headed in the "Red Bull" area, as the paintwork needs only a few decals to be complete.

Critical thinking need not apply. Why ride to a grave in a hearse, when you can style in an 3xTr33m3 hearse?

Your age and wisdom have betrayed you. The question is not whether this is humor; the meta question is how much market share of insanity are you willing to risk and are there any shares left on the ground floor...

Don't just die -- you have to expire in a trendy eco-media-frenzy whip.

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The upside is all that money saved on gas can be put to use towards a coffin upgrade. Saw one of the "Smart" cars on the highway yesterday and could not believe how close your head is to the rear glass. Maybe they named it a Smart car in homage to the fact that your brains eventually end up all over it!
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Imagine this - - you'r in one - going downhill on a snowy day - then -----

the front brakes seize.

How big a snow ball would you be by the time you reached the bottom?

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I want to get a bumper sticker for my F-350 that says

"My 1 Ton Gets Better Mileage Than Your Smart Car"

1500 miles on one tank of diesel so far
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Imagine this - - you're in one - going downhill on a snowy day - then -----
the front brakes seize.
How big a snow ball would you be by the time you reached the bottom?
A little smaller than any other car, I suppose.
But how often do brakes seize while under way? I've only heard of brakes seizing while parked.

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- Never did get around to converting it to french-fry oil, which is why I originally stumbled upon this site.

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With the safety standards in cars these days the whole "small car=instantaneous death" thing is overrated. The biggest risk is not hitting something but rather being hit by something else. Good defensive driving is the best safeguard.
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With the safety standards in cars these days the whole "small car=instantaneous death" thing is overrated. The biggest risk is not hitting something but rather being hit by something else. Good defensive driving is the best safeguard.
Yes on the defensive driving, but a small car is going to be instantly going backwards in a head-on with a larger vehicle, even a SD Ford. Serious injuries or death are likely.
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Weight is far from the only variable.
YouTube - Fifth Gear - Renault Modus Vs Volvo 940 - crashtest

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- R-12 air conditioner converted to R-406a. Saved ozone and money
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- 9/22/2007, age 21: Still running well when reluctantly sent away for reincarnation, due to body & frame rust.
- Never did get around to converting it to french-fry oil, which is why I originally stumbled upon this site.
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Totally agree but

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Take the Renault and do a head on with a F-350. Weight and height of bumper do come into play.

On the other hand take a Kenworth Cement mixer and run 40 MPH head on into a concrete bridge abutment (you will die), Then take the Renault or a modern day Honda accord and do the same....you will get hurt but probably survive.

It is the rate of de-acceleration that kills ya. (not that you don't know this)

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It is the rate of de-acceleration that kills ya. (not that you don't know this)
And here I though it was the steering column penetrating my chest. Silly me.


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Ya, I am somewhat familiar with velocity, acceleration, jerk, snap, crackle, pop and FMVSS208.

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- 9/22/2007, age 21: Still running well when reluctantly sent away for reincarnation, due to body & frame rust.
- Never did get around to converting it to french-fry oil, which is why I originally stumbled upon this site.

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And here I though it was the steering column penetrating my chest. Silly me.

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Ya, I am somewhat familiar with velocity, acceleration, jerk, snap, crackle, pop and FMVSS208.
Obviously I know YOU do know the difference, but I'm betting many many others don't know. Ask a few about the bridge abutment, and I'm betting 9 of 10 will say they want to be in the cement mixer running into the immovable object.

We did an experiment with cladding a concrete wall with cellular concrete 2 feet thick. The cellular concrete allowed the energy to be dissipated over the time of the 2 feet of the cellular concrete. The energy transmitted to the occupants was less than 1/10th. We tried to show this to the owners of the Daytona 500 race way and it was beyond them.

Cellular concrete BTW is cheap, easy to pour and i personally have shot a 50 cal BMG into it from 50 feet and it only penetrated about 8 inches. I 50 cal BMG will easily penetrate one inch of steel and possibly 2 inches with armor hardened tips. It's pretty cool to see the mighty 50 cal be stopped by simple cellular concrete. A 50 cal goes through concrete clock like cardboard.

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