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Smyth Performance G3F TDI: Go Green, Go Fast

Posted in Biofuel, Concept Cars, EcoLust, Fuel-efficient, Volkswagen by Dustin Driver | April 19th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

A rendering of the Smyth G3F: A shrunken Factory Five GTM

Last year Volkswagen got everybody jazzed up with its Bluesport mid-engine diesel concept. But who knows when we’ll see the little “green” convertible chugging along twisty mountain roads. In the meantime, you can always build your own. Mark Smith, founder of replica car manufacturer Factory Five Racing, is building a prototype mid-engine ┬ácoupe powered by a VW diesel mill. It’s called the Smyth Performance G3F TDI and Smith wants to release it as a kit in the near future. That means you’ll be able to build one in your garage using virtually any compact VW engine (VR6, anyone?). Smith obviously intends a TDI unit, which should get ridiculous gas milage in the lightweight frame. For more info, check out the Smith Performance G3F TDI page.

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4 Responses

  1. jp says:

    when can i order one?

  2. Mike G says:

    A kit will be available in September or soon after. Fully built cars will be available in limited quantities. Check the Facebook site for more details:

    I will be one of the original builders, and I hope to build dozens of these for future customers who don’t have the tools/time/desire to do it themselves. I expect a fully built car with a few engine modifications will be close to $20K.

    The VW ALH (TDI 1999-2003) motor can be reliably modified to put 180 horsepower horsepower and 300 foot pounds of torque, while still sipping fuel at 50-70mpg.

  3. marty l says:

    Im an owner of a 2003 tdi jetta, and ive put a lot of work into making it unique over the years. I love what your doing, Im happy to see someone take a step like this and show the car world that a diesel engine is sporty too.