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2013 Smart forstars Concept news, pictures, and information
smart forstars: world premiere at the Paris Motor Show - An amazing drive - in cinema experiencesmart is reaching for the stars. With the concept vehicle smart forstars the urban global brand is hitting the nerve of a target group that is at home in the cities of the world. The electrically driven smart forstars is an SÚC (Sports Útility Coupé) wîth room for two people and plenty of stowage space. Its name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the starry sky. At the same time it hints at the witty idea of integrating a video projector in the front bonnet. This enables the work of film stars to be spontaneously shared wîth friends at any time.
The smart forstars will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show 2012 (29 September - 14 October 2012). The show in the trendy French capital is a local affair for smart as the brand's production facility is located in Hambach, Lorraine. The colour of the expressive coupé is also a reference to the venue of the world premiere. It is painted in the extravagant colour 'alubeam rouge' that creates an appealing contrast to the matt metallic titanium colour of the tridion safety cell. And thanks to the 60 kW magneto-electric motor from the new smart BRABÚS electric drive, the zero-emission smart forstars is agile and lively.
smart boss Dr Annette Winkler says: 'The smart is Europe's most inexpensive series-produced electric car. Not only is it emission-free and fast, it is also possible to conveniently set the perfect interior temperature in advance wîth a smartphone, and it is simple to charge at a domestic socket. What's more, wîth its powerful battery and integrated projector the smart forstars can transform any grey backyard into an animated open-air cinema.'
The compact smart forstars (length/width/height: 3550/1710/1505 mm) is therefore not only a mobility concept wîth ample space for two people and a generous cargo area under the glass tailgate, it is also a communication concept that needs no more than a free house wall for a spontaneous cinematic experience. The media player of the projector integrated in the front bonnet is operated via Bluetooth® from an iPhone®. A high-quality sound system wîth additional loudspeakers in the ventilation openings behind the doors enables the drive-in cinema experience to be perfected for friends as well.
The exterior design: sassy and friendly wîth extremely short overhangs
The smart forstars is immediately recognisable as a member of the smart family, yet it also boasts striking new features – and not only its silhouette offers a look at smart's future design idiom. It greets the viewer wîth a saucy smile on its friendly yet assertive face.
The rhombic design of the front and rear lamps is very striking. Outer rings illuminate the indicators and daytime running lamps wîth a large number of LEDs. The lamps seem to push outwards like arrows – like drips on the cockpit window of an aeroplane as it takes off.
The 'eyebrows' above the front headlamps are just one of many of the lovingly created new details. They give the headlamps a new Ú-shaped look. The transparent red sun visor above the windscreen takes up this idea and lends the coupé an even more squat road stance. The tail lights can even be opened. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is found inside the right-hand tail light, whilst the left-hand one has space for a beverage can.
The study has a longer wheelbase than the current smart fortwo (2470 mm/plus 603 mm) and a wider track (front 1475 mm/plus 193 mm, rear 1475 mm/plus 90 mm) and these also emphasise the confident look. At the same time the extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly compact. All four wheels have been positioned at the outer corners of the body – a typically smart feature.
The smart forstars shares the main features of its body wîth the smart for-us, which caused quite a stir at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year. The smart forstars, too, features convex and sensuously shaped body surfaces. The large brand emblem is proudly sported on the grille, and the front has a pronounced three-dimensional design. Where rally cars have an air scoop on the bonnet, on the smart forstars a video projector is integrated here as an ironic highlight.
There is a convex glass coupé roof above the passengers' heads. It joins seamlessly wîth the glass cover over the cargo area which opens upwards. Like the smart for-us, the lower tailboard at the rear can also be opened electrically. To start with, the tailgate slides down in a parallel position, then the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280 mm. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access.
Shiny black trims that continue below the side skirts draw attention to the wheel cutouts. The smart forstars rolls on Michelin sports tyres measuring 245/35 ZR 21. The wing nut covers of the three-spoke wheels are an attractive detail.
The sporty, sassy character of the smart forstars is also emphasised by a striking and technically very complex red alubeam finish. 'Alubeam rouge' has a wet look that provides an exciting and very modern contrast to the matt and distinctly metallic appearance of the titanium-coloured tridion cell.
The interior: stylish, uncomplicated and individual
Sleek, taut surfaces in mother-of-pearl white combined wîth precisely designed technical functional elements in brushed aluminium – the interior is characterised by contrasts. The colour 'alubeam rouge' that is also used as an accent colour in the interior creates a link to the exterior.
Stylish, uncomplicated, highly functional and easy to individualise – the two seats in the concept car are typically smart. The seat shells, which are open in the middle, are covered wîth a soft fabric throw giving them a hammock-like seating feel. The graphic elements and different red tones of the covers indicate a progression and thus underline the dynamism and the very trendy aspect of the vehicle.
As the covers can be removed in next to no time, simple individualisation wîth other throws is conceivable. Practical: when the seat cover on the passenger side is removed, long items can be loaded through the seat of the smart forstars.
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Torque: 100 ft-lbs
Like the smart forvision and the smart for-us, the whole cockpit boasts aerodynamic styling for interior ventilation. The control and display elements are oriented to the driver. Just as the cockpit module divides the instrument panel, the two-spoke §teering wheel is open at the top.
In place of a conventional rear-view mirror the smart forstars features a smartphone accommodated in a holder at the top of the windscreen. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind wîth the help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a media source and controls the projector.
Stowage compartments to the left and right of the high-quality cargo area fitted wîth aluminium rails offer additional stowage space.
Electric drive – driving fun wîth zero local emissions
The electric drive of the smart forstars is based on the innovative drive concept of the smart fortwo BRABÚS electric drive. Compared to the production model of the smart electric drive the output of the magneto-electric motor has been increased to 60 kW, giving the smart forstars agile and lively performance. With 135 Newton metres of torque it boasts powerful, lag-free acceleration and can overtake other vehicles wîth the greatest of ease. The vehicle has a top speed of more than 130 km/h and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.Source - Smart
North American debut for smart forstars conceptThe forward-thinking smart brand brings to life an innovative electric Sports Útility Coupe (SÚC) concept vehicle named the smart forstars. The tongue-in-cheek name refers to the vehicle's glass roof which offers passengers a clear view of a starry sky or, via the video projector in the hood, turns the car into a drive-in on wheels.
Head of smart Dr Annette Winkler said, 'The smart is the most inexpensive series-produced electric car. Not only is it emission-free and fast, it is also possible to conveniently set the perfect interior temperature in advance wîth a smartphone, and it is simple to charge at a domestic socket. What's more, wîth its powerful battery and integrated projector the smart forstars can transform any grey backyard into an animated open-air cinema.'
zero-emission driving fun
Thanks to its 60-kilowatt magneto-electric motor, the smart forstars is both agile and fun to drive. The concept car boasts a powerful 100 lb.-ft. of torque and a top speed of 80 mph. With its state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery, the smart forstars has a capacity of 17.6 kilowatt-hours of electric power.
The forstars has ample space for two people and a generous cargo area under the glass tailgate (length/width/height: 139.8/67.3/59.3 in.). The car needs only a flat wall for a spontaneous cinematic experience. The projector's media player (located in the hood) is operated via Bluetooth® from an iPhone®. To add to the viewing experience, a high-quality sound system wîth additional loudspeakers is built into the ventilation openings behind the doors.
sassy and sporty exterior
The smart forstars boasts striking new features which offer a sneak peek into the future of smart's design direction.
The sporty forstars is painted in the eye-catching 'alubeam rouge' finish, giving the car an edgy and futuristic look. The body color is contrasted against the matte titanium-colored tridion safety cell.
The concept car has a longer wheelbase than the current smart fortwo (97.2 in./plus 23.7 in.) and a wider track (front 58.1 in./plus 7.6 in., rear 58.1 in./plus 3.5 in.), helping to emphasize its sporty look.
stylish, sleek interior
Stylish yet uncomplicated, the interior features sleek, mother-of-pearl white surfaces wîth brushed aluminium details. The distinctive 'alubeam rouge' body panel color has also been carried into interior accents.
The seats are covered in a red graphic print and trimmed wîth a high-quality white leather and exquisite white piping. Perforated leather on the door panelling adds a modern touch.
Rather than a conventional rearview mirror, the smart forstars features a smartphone in a holder at the top of the windshield. The driver can see what is happening on the road wîth the help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a media source and controls the projector.
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