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Smart Tuning Tips and Modifications

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Smart car tuning tips and advice. We have a wide range of tuning articles covering all models of Smart from the Fortwo to the cheeky Roadster. Following our tuning tips you will avoid many of the common mistakes and actually achieve the car setup you desire. With such a light car the performance effect is felt on pretty much every modification you do but it is important to choose the right ones. Please join the forum for model specific questions and answers and to meet other owners and see what modifications they have done.

TorqueCars started providing Smart modification tips, car modification and car tweak suggestions and suggestions and advice back in 2003 and have grown from strength to strength with a fast growing membership of all types of cars including many, Smart owners. We are currently one of the fastest growing car tuning clubs around and certainly one of the friendliest.

Our Smart tuning articles and styling tips and features are constantly being updated and refined so to keep up to date with what is hot in the tuning world and for the most recent Smart modification,modification and tweak suggestions and advice, tips and pointers please check back regularly. We strongly recommend that you join our Smart forums and swap modification ideas with like minded Smart owners in the modification forums.

If you have a Smart project underway we would love to hear about it, the Gallery section in the forum contains some interesting projects. Scroll down the page to see our latest tuning articles for your Smart.

  • Selected Smart Stats
  • roadster roadster coupé (80bhp) 2d Auto (RHD) – 698 cc – 80 bhp – 110 Nm
  • city city cabriolet Cabrio and Passion 2d Auto (01) – 599 cc – 44 bhp – 70 Nm
  • fortwo fortwo Cabriolet Pure 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm 7
  • city city coupé Smart and Pure 2d Auto (00) – 599 cc – 44 bhp – 70 Nm
  • fortwo fortwo Cabriolet Passion 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm 7
  • city city coupé Passion 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm
  • fortwo fortwo Coupé Pure (61bhp) 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm 7
  • city city coupé Orange 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm
  • city city cabriolet Silverpulse 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 80 Nm
  • roadster roadster coupé Bluewave 2d Auto – 698 cc – 80 bhp – 110 Nm

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Tyres and tread patterns for High performance cars
performance-tyres

Performance tyres, selection and tyre tread patterns. "If you're feeling tyred!" The importance of your cars tires should never be overlooked. A cheap tyre (NB:UK Spelling, USA – Tires!) can reduce your ability to corner on a dry surface by as much a 10-20 mph. In the wet this difference can be much much greater. Most performance tyres […]

Principles of porting an engine and big valve conversions
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The inlet and outlet ports on the engine block are usually larger than those of the manifolds that connect to them.

This allows for scope in the manufacturing process to allow for mismatched alignment.

Generally the engine ports are larger in the upstream flow direction avoiding turbulance but power gains can be made by matching these up.

Adding a supercharger
supercharger-kit

We look at adding a supercharger to a NASP (naturally aspirated) engine and focus on the main problem areas and considerations encountered in a tuning project of this scope.

There are lots of pitfalls and this is not a “bolt in on and hope it works” modification as many other things need to be done to make this work safely and reliably.

Fitting Strut Braces and how to install a strut brace
stagea-engine

Fitting a strut brace and performance benefits "Strut your funky stuff" Think of a car like a shoebox with no lid. It will flex as you twist it and this is not good for handling. Whilst the roof of the car affords a lot of rigidity there is still scope for flexing under cornering and […]

Todays featured car tuning article

Turbo tuning – Aftermarket OEM turbos upgrade kit.
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When it comes to Turbo tuning you have pretty much unlimited potential and a wide selection of options.

The more power you want from a turbo the greater the amount of heat it will generate and the bigger the stress on the internal components.

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