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love to find a curvy road to put the Gozer through the paces, I dust everyone, no one comes close if I don't want them to. I never expected that when I first bought it.>:D
 

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Yep.... tiny and OH SO NIMBLE! Scared the crap out of my brother when i had my 451 (He still refuses to drive, or even go for a ride in my 453). Took it up the twisty road going up the hill by our house. Wasn't going very slow... and if you look out the passenger window, all you see is guide rail and nothing (and by nothing, i mean old road signs in the ground holding up the dirt next to and under the road... and then nothing)
 

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Yep.... tiny and OH SO NIMBLE! Scared the crap out of my brother when i had my 451
yep, it's a hoot to drive for sure!! it's fun to ditch the cars who insist on getting right on your tail.
 

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yep, it's a hoot to drive for sure!! it's fun to ditch the cars who insist on getting right on your tail.


Yeah. Just don't watch them in the rear view after you take off on them.

I had the displeasure of watching one such ID10T run off the road trying to keep up (in a freaking Durango, of all things). Glad this was at least somewhere with a shoulder as most of the road has a nice steep drop off with only a barbed wire fence between it and the road.


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Ah... the Durango. Used to drive a '99 myself. haha.

Only goes to show my favorite thing to say is true.... nobody said people are smart.

So what happened to the unlucky dork?
 

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Ah... the Durango. Used to drive a '99 myself. haha.



Only goes to show my favorite thing to say is true.... nobody said people are smart.



So what happened to the unlucky dork?


Luckily not much except him slowing down and probably a stained pair of pants.


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The 451 smart benefits tremendously from better tires. And THEN it's a lot of fun!

I came upon a dual-rear-wheels Ford F350 on a local back road. Dunno if you've noticed yet but drivers of jacked up trucks don't like being overtaken by little cars. Well, I did it anyhow. I just maintained 90 km/h coming out of a corner, and that was enough to get by the lumbering beast before the driver realized what he was being overtaken by. I maintained 90 km/h through the next set of corners and then there was no more F350 on my tail - he was waaay back.

Another time, an Acura Integra pulled up behind me at a stop sign. On pulling away, the driver thought about passing me (acceleration isn't a smart strong point!) but given that there were corners coming up, the driver thought the better of it. I charged through the corners and the Acura stayed behind. At the other end of the road, I turned right, the driver of the Acura gave me the thumbs-up :)
 

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Rear engine, Rear wheel drive, short wheelbase... has advantages. :D

Now add a stronger engine, and a dual-clutch transmission... some of those races will get a bit lopsided... :nerd:
 

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I have done quite a bit of canyon carving with my smart. Always is a lot of fun staying right on a the tail of a Porsche or BMW. A few people have shown surprise at the smart 451's cornering abilities. I even have a photo taken by the automotive paparazzi driving my smart through The Snake on Mulholland with the right hand front tire an inch off the ground in a right hand sweeper. This was before I added rear tires & rims on the front which vastly improved cornering and ride quality.
 

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The diesels are another thing. The truckers in BC seem to think that smart diesels are easy to keep behind. Maybe one with 40 HP.

A few years back I was behind a lightly laden semi on two-lane Highway 5 heading to Jasper and on the passing opportunities he would boot it hard (evidenced mainly by the cloud of soot, but also by a small surge in speed) but my - remapped - cdi would just blow by. In a couple of cases I had to hit 90 MPH to get by. But get by I did. Most truckers were like this. Idiots! Muahahaha
 

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The 451 smart benefits tremendously from better tires. And THEN it's a lot of fun!

I came upon a dual-rear-wheels Ford F350 on a local back road. Dunno if you've noticed yet but drivers of jacked up trucks don't like being overtaken by little cars. Well, I did it anyhow. I just maintained 90 km/h coming out of a corner, and that was enough to get by the lumbering beast before the driver realized what he was being overtaken by. I maintained 90 km/h through the next set of corners and then there was no more F350 on my tail - he was waaay back.

Another time, an Acura Integra pulled up behind me at a stop sign. On pulling away, the driver thought about passing me (acceleration isn't a smart strong point!) but given that there were corners coming up, the driver thought the better of it. I charged through the corners and the Acura stayed behind. At the other end of the road, I turned right, the driver of the Acura gave me the thumbs-up :)
I know all about trucks. haha. I live in eastern PA... prime territory for those superiority complex-ridden jacked up truck driving overcompensators. I remember shortly after i got my 453, was going up the freeway by my house. Came to a stop light with some guy next to me in his slightly lifted Dodge. We were both right at the light with nobody in front of us. Light turned green, I had a very smooth and quick start as i let out the clutch in first, flew through second, and after i hit third gear, he realized he wasn't going to get ahead of me to be able to make the right turn that's about 400-500 feet or so past the stop light, so he let off and cut behind me. And he was really trying, too. Had my windows open, so when i was getting pretty high up in RPM's in second gear and was about to shift into third, I heard his automatic transmission downshift based on the RPM's skyrocketing. Which made it oh so much more funny that he couldn't accomplish his goal, and probably wasted more fuel trying to do that than i used to GET to that stop light (which is about a 10 minute drive from my house).
 

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You guys should ask miss Mercedes what it's like to drive a smart on fire.
Maybe its not the same thing. :shrug:
A smart on fire doesn't seem to want to drive very fast. :D

I spent the first 100,000 miles or so of my car's life carving corners all over the Midwest. Bombing down empty country roads was absolutely intoxicating.

Now that my smart has shown itself to be much stronger than I originally thought, now I carve gravel, dirt, and snow corners with it. If it weren't my first smart and that I don't want it to actually die, I'd take it rallycross racing and push it way past its limits.

Being RWD and rear engine, these cars have classic Porsche 911 levels of snap oversteer...But that makes dirt driving even more fun!

The lift kit will kill all of that though, don't want to roll over!
 

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I'm slowiy finding out what this 453 can do on twisty roads . The lowered stance and wider low profile tires plant it to the tarmac . Thus far I've heard some tire squealing but haven't had any noticeable feedback from the cars computer controlled stability systems . So I guess I can go much further than my senses are willing to go without some parking lot antics first .
 
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