smart forspeed Concept -- Geneva Auto Show

By Editors on February 21, 2011 12:59 PM

A zero-emissions one-off that foreshadows the look and character of future production models, the smart forspeed Concept debuts in Geneva. This rakish two-seat EV is wrapped in bodywork that establishes a bold new presence while still maintaining a clear relationship with the original smart design DNA. Its wider stance and more dramatic contouring is complemented by distinctive front/rear lighting treatments and trick details like honeycomb grille elements and solar cells embedded in the base of the wind screen and deflectors that supply supplemental power for various on-board electrics.

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Inside, its highly-stylized but decidedly minimalist cabin, the smart forspeed Concept features a dash dominated by two large binnacles. While the driver lines up with the main gauges, a smartphone dock resides in the housing ahead of the passenger and can be rotated by up to 90 degrees to allow access from either seat. A leather-clad multifunction steering wheel is matched with shell-style buckets that are fitted with five-point racing belts.

In keeping with its name, the forspeed Concept gets a suitable bump in the motivation department compared to the standard smart fortwo ED. While both cars use a lithium-ion battery pack, the forspeed's electic motor is rated at 40 horsepower, which puts it 10 up on the one found in the fortwo ED. It also features a console-mounted "overboost" switch that can add seven more ponies to the mix for short periods of time.