• Sep 8th 2006 at 3:25PM
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If you stick an engine that can rev well into five-digits in any article of wheeled transport, we start getting weak in the knees. Although we've already seen what happens when you stick a 'Busa motor in DC's diminutive Smart ForTwo, we haven't seen this particular transplant recipient until now.

Peter Bee found the 60-ish horses available from his ForTwo inadequate for his daily duties (no, we have no idea what his duties entail) and sought the help of the British firm Z Cars to add a little boost to his compact commuter. Z Cars are the blokes that have the dastardly tendency of throwing R1 motors into classic Minis and they graciously accepted the challenge that Mr. Bee laid down.

The result is a ForTwo equipped with a 180-hp GSXR1000 motor that can run the 1320 in 12.4 and reaches 60 in a few shakes above 4 seconds.

What do you do with that kind of forward progression? Naturally you meet up with a Ferrari F430 and challenge it to a drag.

Want more information about the "Diablo" and its creators? It's all available with a simple click of 'Read' below.

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      • 9 Years Ago

      The smart is about as aerodynamic as a brick.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cool video.

      Work on your engrish:

      "If you stick an engine that can rev well into five-digits in any article of wheeled transport, we start getting weak in the knees."

      • 9 Years Ago
      Sure that Smart might be the quicker car, but you'll still look like a dork driving it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Smart jumpstarted, so this proves nothing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wouldn't go as far as to say this video was bogus, but it was irrelevant. The Ferrari driver launched soft and shifted slowly -- like a guy who didn't want to spend $40,000 for a clutch change next week. The Smart shoe went for big Rs and dumped the clutch.

      I'm really impressed with how that For2 hooked up, but if I did that my Stoplight Grand Prix career would end before I made it across town. And I did the math ... 400 meters is less than 8 feet short of a quarter mile. So 13.40 for an F340 is lame and a 13.29 for a Smart car has gotta be a big surprise ...

      The link is awesome. The engineering in the subframe is impressive, and the comments are a scream! I especially liked the ones that considered the top-heavy, short-wheelbase package and predicted the car would roll easier than dice in Vegas.
      • 9 Years Ago
      New Mustangs and SRT-8 Chargers run 12's right out of the box. And cheaper. So you would own either of these cars for this purpose why?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I thought F430's had launch control. Getting consistent times with that car should be a no-brainer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Ferrari company makes cars that are slower than a Phantom II F4E on acceleration and top speed. I have "driven" both. In the F4, I would surely be at a disadvantage on the hairpins. And my Italian Stallion uses quite less fuel. Upon takeoff with both afterburners fired up, the F4 uses roughly 2000 gallons per minute. Of course, it takes only a few seconds to get off the ground and get to climb speed (350 to 425 knots depending on the external load and mission requirements).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, if you watch the brake lights it does appear that the Ferrari got a half a second or more of a late start. That really doesn't diminish the wow factor though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What happens to the hopped-up Smart when you turn the steering wheel? earthskyearthskyearthsky...
      • 9 Years Ago
      A Camry would totally smoke both cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      running in the 13's is not impressive. The Ferarri driver could use some practice. That car could do a lot better, unless there was something mechanically wrong with it.
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