Smart Tuning Tips and Modifications
Maximise your Smarts driving pleasure
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 coupÃ© (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 coupÃ© 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 coupÃ© Passion 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm
- fortwo fortwo CoupÃ© Pure (61bhp) 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm 7
- city city coupÃ© Orange 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 95 Nm
- city city cabriolet Silverpulse 2d Auto – 698 cc – 61 bhp – 80 Nm
- roadster roadster coupÃ© Bluewave 2d Auto – 698 cc – 80 bhp – 110 Nm
Principles of porting an engine and big valve conversions
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.Vents – adding performance with Bonnet vents.
Performance gains are possible with the addition of bonnet vents.
Warm air really does kill performance. This is due to the air intake temperatures being hot and air at high temperatures carries less oxygen.
When driving an engine hard the under bonnet temperatures quickly build up and the engine has no choice but to suck this air in reducing your power.Tyres and tread patterns for High performance cars
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 […]Adding NoS nitrous oxide to boost power gains.
Giggle gas – something to put a smile on your face. "Giggle Gas – Nitrous Oxide (N20) the power button!" NB: NoS is a brand name of a company but many confuse this with the name of the gas Dinitrous Monoxide AKA – Nitrous Oxide N20, Dinitrous Monoxide, Dinitrogen oxide also referred to as Nitrous […]
Todays featured car tuning articleFlywheel lightening & performance gains from lighter flywheels
Lightening the flywheel – the flywheel works in a similar way to the wheel in the toy cars you used to rev up and release and let it zoom off. The heavy wheel located between the engine and the gearbox builds up rotational force with speed and momentum.
Effectively storing the energy and helping the car resist changes in engine speed – good for cruising at a steady speed but bad when you need a fast engine response.
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