2018 Smart Fortwo is a two-seater microcar produced by the German manufacturer Smart since 1998. It exists in coupe versions and convertible. For a time there was an “extreme” version called Crossblade, without a roof and with hollow doors. 2018 smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe model’s body panels are removable, so you can change the color of the body in minutes. In addition, from 2007 an electric version of the Smart ForTwo named Smart Electric Drive was developed, whose third generation went on general sale in 2012 after two first series of reduced production for technological development purposes.
The Smart City Coupe, a 2.5-meter-long two-seater car, later called Smart Fortwo, was announced at the 1998 Paris Motor Show. It was the start of a new car brand and one of the concepts for more radical vehicles arrived at the European market from the bubble cars of the fifties of the last century as the Isetta, it was also the beginning of a difficult stage for Smart.
The City Coupé had stability problems that were not discovered until the moment before the launch. This forced to realize a set of modifications that were very expensive and made difficult the handling of the steering wheel and the change of gears. Inside the company, the publicist sermons that had surrounded the launch of the radical City Coupé soon disappeared. With new management, new marketing initiatives and endless revisions of the car’s engineering to reassure the public, future vehicle plans, including the development of a four-seat model, had not advanced much.
2018 Smart Fortwo Design
The body of the Smart Car clearly reveals a functional and modular design. The black, titanium or silver frame made of high-strength steel, known as the ” Tridion Safety Cell ” 1 ( Tridion Safety Cell) is the skeleton of the vehicle and gives the vehicle its inherent strength. The steel is coated with powder paint, much less harmful to the environment than conventional paint processes. The multicolored recycled plastic panels of the body are easily interchangeable and are practically resistant to dents and stainless. By placing the engine below the passengers, space is conserved and the seats are given greater height.
2018 Smart Fortwo Electric
The 2018 Smart Electric Drive has been available since 2007. The third generation has a 54 kW motor that provides 75 HP. The maximum speed is 120 km / h, accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 13 seconds and has a range of about 140 km. Like all electric cars, it does not produce air pollution or sound pollution at the place of use.
2018 Smart Fortwo Safety
From the point of view of passive safety, the Smart Fortwo provides a unique solution, dictated by its small size. It does not present zones of shock absorption, like any other modern car, but the whole car is a very rigid survival cell. This activates the absorption zones of the car against which it may eventually collide. This technical solution works acceptably in the event of a collision with another vehicle. However, its operation is questionable if a 2018 smart Fortwo Electric Drive, to collide with another rigid obstacle.