If you’re a regular reader, you probably already know that Mike (Mr. Angry) hates the Smart car, probably even more than I hate the continuously variable transmission. I like to think of myself as more open minded, and believe that there’s nothing at all wrong with the diminutive commuter car from across the pond. Nothing, that is, that an engine and transmission swap would fail to address, and I’ve seen some pretty insane Smart cars powered by Suzuki Hyabusa engines. Want a 200 horsepower, turbocharged-‘Busa-powered Smart with a five speed gearbox? There are companies out there who’ll build you one if you’ve got the vision. And, of course, the cash.
In the mean time, while you’re waiting for your Smartbusa to be built, here’s one suggested use for your Smart car. In case you were wondering “how many Pakistani cricket-playing girls can fit into a Smart car”, wonder no longer. As the above video demonstrates, the answer is 18, but I clearly saw breathing room in there. If anyone is up to the challenge, I’m reasonably sure you could fit 19 in a Smart car to break the record. Friends and I once crammed seven of us into a VW Karman Ghia, so I can tell you from personal experience that anything is possible if you have a dream, and a high threshold of pain.