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Since we've got at least two confirmed entries for SMARTBALL 2021 (or as committed as one can be to a future, first time event), seems like it's time to start its own thread. That said, here's to discussing all things relating to a 2,800 mile cross country run/dash/journey in 2021.

While it's doubtful that many (if any) records will be broken, that fact remains that such an event is a test of drivers and machines. 36+ hours can be expected. That's a day and a half. As I mentioned elsewhere, Le Mans is only 24 hours. And while a Smart may not be running flat out, it will still be running. For 36 hours or more. Almost non-stop. That's a lot to ask, from any car.

So plenty to discuss. Routes, preparation, equipment, spares. Join in!
 

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Sounds interesting.... is there a start and finish locations as yet?
So my thinking was to keep it as close to the original as possible, at least for start and finish: Red Ball Garage in NYC, Queen Mary in LA.

as for the actual rout taken, up for discussion, obviously. Roads have changed in 50 years, I’m sure. I was going to start reviewing the original route. It’s pretty well documented in Cannonball by Brock Yates.

In terms of departure date, much as it would be cool to do it on the same date as the original, plus 50 years, I’m thinking it might be best to go a few days before or after. I expect others will be considering something similar.
 

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Would love to have participated with one of my electrics, but I would have had to have started about a year ago to be there at the start. :)

Len
2014 EV Coupe 19,500 miles
2014 EV Cabriolet 17,500 miles
Would make for an interesting calculation. With a range of 70 miles or so, how many recharges and how much time for each recharge to cross the country?
 

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Most sources seem to say the point to point distance was 2,863 miles. At 70 miles a charge, an ED will need to charge 41 times to make the trek. Plan very very far ahead. xD
 

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So I’m wondering what sort of tires would be best for a 36 hour, 3,000 mile run at sustained highway+ speeds? I’m thinking 4 and a spare, all same size. But beyond that? I’m not a tire expert by any means, but I am coming to have a greater appreciation for what they can and cannot do. That said, what about:

Width? 155-195? (Other?)

Profile? Higher or lower?

Ratings? Load, temperature? Wet traction?Blacktop in NV, NM, and AZ can get pretty toasty.

Low rolling resistance?

All season? Summer? (Not anticipating a polar themed Smartball first go round).

It might be interesting to see who gets the best fuel economy on such a run.

Just some thoughts.
 

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I should be running what I am on now Hankook ventus concept 2's all around. If I was buying a tire it would be the best rain tire. Roll flats are interesting but still haven't made me want to buy them to this point.
 

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As I stated in the other thread, not only have I done this before (ending just a couple hundred miles short) but I've done something like this three times, with the latter two times in 450s.

-- Round 1 was a brand new factory fresh 453, stock everything.
-- Round 2 was a 450 coupe I got sight-unseen. It had Blizzaks and I still drove it home during the peak of summer.
-- Round 3 was a 450 cabrio. It came with all seasons sitting right at the wear bars.

You won't need to do any car mods for a trip like this. Grab your spare, maybe a couple tools, then hit the road! :)
Stock equivalent tires will work just fine. IMO, premium tires will certainly be overkill just for something like this. I'll be rolling on Vredestein Quatrac 5 tires.
 

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As I stated in the other thread, not only have I done this before (ending just a couple hundred miles short) but I've done something like this three times, with the latter two times in 450s.

-- Round 1 was a brand new factory fresh 453, stock everything.
-- Round 2 was a 450 coupe I got sight-unseen. It had Blizzaks and I still drove it home during the peak of summer.
-- Round 3 was a 450 cabrio. It came with all seasons sitting right at the wear bars.

You won't need to do any car mods for a trip like this. Grab your spare, maybe a couple tools, then hit the road! :)
Stock equivalent tires will work just fine. IMO, premium tires will certainly be overkill just for something like this. I'll be rolling on Vredestein Quatrac 5 tires.
I admire your willingness to tempt the fates. I used to feel the same way, but I think a bit of disaster planning isn’t a bad idea these days. If nothing else, a full size spare and spare belt, and tools.

As for tires, just considering the various options available for the Smart. Like you, I’ve got Quatrac 5 tires, in addition to the OEM ones that came with the cars. But a 6,000 mile run might be a pretty good test of a particular model.
 

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I admire your willingness to tempt the fates. I used to feel the same way, but I think a bit of disaster planning isn’t a bad idea these days. If nothing else, a full size spare and spare belt, and tools.

As for tires, just considering the various options available for the Smart. Like you, I’ve got Quatrac 5 tires, in addition to the OEM ones that came with the cars. But a 6,000 mile run might be a pretty good test of a particular model.
 

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So the thinking was to leave from NYC and try to trace the original route(s), keeping in mind that it’s been 50 years, and the roads have changed a bit in that time. If you’re coming from Portland, you’d qualify for a Double Canonball - coast to coast to coast. I guess those of us on the east coast would as well, come to think of it. Unless you can get a Smart into a aircraft cargo hold or a train baggage car. Or maybe a few into a truck container, like in The Italian Job.
 
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