The first appearance
Perfectly complimenting the electric transportation array of Smart’s small vehicles is Forespeed concept, ready to make a first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show due in March. This battery powered petite looking vehicle with LED headlights and honeycomb mesh grille is a roofless creation. Rumours about the car started pouring in as early as January but will it see the light of production is still shrouded under mystery.
The zero emission car is propelled by a 40bhp electric motor mounted on the rear wheel. Adding more to the drama are the car’s fancy windscreen and different interiors plus the ability to reach a speed of 37mph in 5.5 seconds. With a tendency to push up to 75mph, it’s a bit baffling why Smart picked the name Forspeed for this cutie as it’s anything but speedy. Adding another 7 hp, in case you are in a hurry, is a button just a push away.
When fully charged, the Smart has a range of 84 miles, and a tendency to charge 80% in just 45 minutes. The tiny new model also has a concealed plug-in socket placed below the smart badge on the rear to rev up the lithium-iron battery. Going a step ahead are its solar cells in the base of the windscreen.
What's so special?
With special touches like the absence of external door handles, attention-grabbing taillights, this roofless beauty’s tonneau cover will protect you from getting drenched in rain. It has the flexibility to either envelop the whole interior or exclusively the passenger side, as per your wish.
Replacing the airbag slot is a docking port for smartphone’s, which doesn’t sound too good, in case tragedy strikes. Painted with white and green are the interiors clubbed with brown leather door pulls, gear knob and steering wheel. The interiors are waterproofed keeping in mind it has been crafted sans a roof.
When and how much?
Alas! We will remain devoid of this charming fashion model, as it has already been announced that it won’t come into production. Here is hoping that at least its smiling front will be used somewhere, which may cheer the user every time he gets to see it.