The smart fortwo was built for city streets, perfect for parking, extremely efficient, and easily customizable. We often see the smart fortwo with widebody kits, lowered suspension, bright and sometimes interesting paint jobs, we’ve even seen one with wings. What we haven’t seen, until now, is a smart fortwo rally car.
However, they all pretty much follow a basic pattern of what can be done, and the extent of their modifications is rather limited. Well, not with this Smart, which has been turned into a Dakar Rally-ready off-roader, which really looks the part. Its builder, Jose Luis Alvarez says he completely reengineered the city bound fortwo with fully independent front and rear suspension with plenty of travel, a wider track in both the front and back, and subtle body modifications. The modified fortwo rally car is extremely light, tipping the scales at just 750 kg, or 1,653 lbs.
Alvarez’s plan was to enter the Dakar Rally, with two modified smart for two rally cars, plus a Honda CRF-450. Unfortunately, Alvarez does not have the necessary funds at the moment, and has had to put his racing plans on hold.