For 13 years The Smart Fortwo has been the number one clever city car, but now new fresh rivals are starting to take the limelight, however, smart are eager to get back to their no.1 spot of the micro cars as the ForVision, set to debut at Frankfurt next month, plans to help Smart do just that.
The new design is inspired by the For Speed Concept however it contains larger more rounded headlights, carved door panels and honeycomb shapes throughout.
The really clever technology lies under the skin. Smart has concentrated mainly on improving the efficiency and reducing weight in this electric concept thanks to a tie up with chemical company BASF.
A new range of materials developed by the company have been used, including wheel rims made entirely from plastic, this saves 3kg per wheel and will have a new carbon fibre Tridion safety cell. Smart claims that if they made this car out of traditional materials it would be 150kgs heavier.
Additionally, ranges of insulating foams and heat reflective paints have been specially developed to keep the cabin warm in winter and cool in summer. The use of this new paint compared to traditional paints, shows a 20 degree difference. The car will also feature a set of transparent solar panels in the roof which can power ventilation fans to cool the car.
This entire range of tech means that with the Fortwo ED’s electric running gear underneath, the Forvision is able to travel 20 per cent further on a charge. The Ed has a range of 90 miles, and sources see this figure as more like 105 miles in the concept.
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