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smart forfun2

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September 16, 2006

smart forfun2

smart forfun2

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September 17, 2006 The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions, caused quite a stir at the Athens Motor Show in November 2005. Following the extremely positive response to this, Greek 4x4 Rally Race Champion, Stefan Attart, decided to take it one step further and used a smart fortwo as the basis for his monster, with the mechanicals coming primarily from a Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 series.

Once the platform for the smart forfun2 had been decided, Attart started work on the first designs in January. It goes without saying that there's more to an off-road vehicle like this than simply screwing four wheels under a smart fortwo. The engine and transmission were adopted from the Unimog. The OM 352, a six-cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of 5,675 cc, was given a prominent and clearly visible position on the front axle. It delivers 84 bhp - an impressive figure for the smart forfun2. The diesel version of the production car has a 41 bhp engine.

The dimensions: tyres on 26 inch rims with a diameter of 140 cm. Not to mention ground clearance of 65 centimetres and a total height of 3.7 metres.

To optimise the vehicle for off-road driving, in addition to special shock absorbers Attart fitted manually controlled air suspension. This enables the driver to specifically influence individual springs – a particular advantage on extreme downhill gradients.

If you like this story, take a look at the Smartattak, a 180bhp smart fortwo using a motorcycle engine.

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