Friday, September 15, 2017

Boonie Bug With Smart Fortwo Parts?

I wonder if one could make the Boonie Bug from R Q Riley using the platform and parts from a Smart Fortwo? The Beetle and the Fortwo are rear engine rear wheel drive vehicles. The Beetle had an air cooled engine but the engine in the Fortwo is water cooled with the radiator in front.

It would be interesting and cool if Smart created a van similar to the one shown below using parts from the Fortwo model. Since they don't seem to be very smart in running Smart (IMO - otherwise they would still sell the gas powered Fortwo in Canada and the USA since the Smart ED does not have a lot of appeal or range [this is just me letting off some 'steam' and frustration]).
Here is the Smart Fortwo (model 451). While one cannot see it, the radiator is in front with the engine / transmission is in back.

This is the air cooled engine Volkswagen Beetle. Since the engine does not require a radiator, there is more space in front for cargo. 


The Boonie Bug plans can be bought at R Q Riley. It is made to fit onto the platform and parts from an air cooled Volkswagen Beetle. There is more information of it at the site of the plans plus photos.
To use the Smart Fortwo engine, one would need to create a front where one could place the radiator. Unlike the original Beetle engine, the Fortwo engine is water cooled. Since it is made from plans, it might not be too difficult to adapt it for a radiator (not really speaking from experience but just my opinion). 

I think it would be only slightly longer, wider and taller than a Fortwo. This comparison from what I have seen of of the Smart Fortwo and the Boonie Bug (not seen together and without comparing the size of either vehicle).

Since the (it seems to me) Smart Fortwo engine is more compact than the Volkswagen Beetle, it might not need a bulge in the back like this (from what I can see but it might need it when actually done).

It was used in the movie Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

This is a site with a diverse set of plans for a variety of items.

I believe this is the international site for the company. 



a work in progress



needs work but is still good

Monday, August 28, 2017

Zacua; Modern Micro Car from Mexico

I think the M2 and M3 from Zacua are modern micro cars from Mexico. They are two electric 
cars made in Mexico. 

The M2 remind me of a lengthened Smart Fortwo. It is an electric vehicle. It looks smaller than a Mini Cooper. I don't know about the Zacua site since it is in Spanish and I don't speak or read Spanish. 

I believe it is made for the Mexican market. I have read some articles on these little cars.







Here is the interior of the M2. 






It would be cool if Smart came out with a lengthened Fortwo. Some think the Smart's short length makes it unsafe. Even though the Smart Fortwo is safe and has proven to be safe, a longer one would help give them more of a safer look. With the direction Smart is seem to be going, I doubt they would make a longer Smart (the 452 is slightly longer and slightly wider).


The M3 is more like a Mini Cooper. It seems like it is about the size of the original Mini Cooper.

Here is the interior of the M3.




It seems about the original Mini Cooper which is smaller than the newer one. It has the look of the newer Mini Cooper.

It seems it was designed by Chatenet of France. 
I can see the design similarities between the Chatenet CH26 and the Zacua M3.
Car Scoops. I will blog about the Chatenet CH26 in a separate blog. 


I think they have a cool logo.


a site on me (needs work).




My Art Store at Cafe Press

Monday, March 27, 2017

Obvio 828 Electric Car - Modern Electric Micro Car?

It seems that Obvio went from going to make a gas powered 828 and 012 to just making an electric version of the 828. It looks really nice. It is really small. I think it would definitely qualify as a modern micro car.
Here is the Obvio logo. It seems rather silly. I wonder how many think that would be something that would be great on a little car. 
Here is the 828 of Obvio. While I think this is nice, I think the 012 is a way better way cooler design. I have only seen the 012 in drawings and not an actual vehicle. 

This shows how small the Obvio 828 is when compared to the Fiat 500.




my personal web site.


my art on various items.



New Tesla Roadster as a Modern Micro Car? Maybe?

I saw an article on the new 2017 Tesla roadster. The article was at Clean Technica. The article is dated 2014 but one can still hope. I think the design is really nice. It seems it could be based on a Lotus design? I think it is really cool and green.
Here is the design at the Clean Technica site.
Clean Technica site logo.






my personal web site



my art printed on items at my online store


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Myers Manx SR and SR2? Modern Micro Car?

I think the Meyers Manx SR is a cool little car. It is definitely small. Motors Town has a nice online article on it. They make dune buggy kits but the one I saw was really neat (shown in the article above). I think it takes the dune buggy a step up from the traditional form to make it more stylish and more street worthy. It seems to be more on road than off road. I like that it has doors. It - with the dune buggy they make - are kit cars.
Flickr seems to have a 'poster' of the colors of the Meyers Manx SR.
Jalopnik article on the Meyers Manx SR2 (dated 08/18/2010) questions whether one would pay $8900 for it as a kit. With its unique styling, I think it would do well.


I checked the Myers Max site but it does not seem to offer that model anymore. I would it would be very appealing today. I do like their more traditional dune buggy style that they have now.
Old Bug has an article of a Meyers Manx SR for sale. It seems it is an unfinished kit.


I always wondered if one could make a dune buggy using the Smart Fortwo as the donor vehicle? Since the dune buggy would be lighter in weight, it could have very good acceleration and fuel economy.  While Jalopnik thinks the Smart would be better off as a dune buggy, they do show what a Smart dune buggy might look like. I think it is neat. Instead of replacing the Fortwo, I think it would be a great addition to it.






Monday, November 7, 2016

Calypso Caravan; Micro Camper for a Micro car?

I saw photos of this motorcycle caravan / camper. Wikipedia. It was designed for motorcycles but I think it could easily be towed by a micro car, especially if it is a modern micro car. It is a Calypso caravan. It looks like a micro version of the Airstream camper. I found these photos online. I am looking to see if there is more information on them.
This shows the relative size of it next to the tow vehicle, a motorcycle.

The interior looks nice. It seems to use every bit of space inside.

This shows it not just a bed but also table to do things on, the inside being adaptable.

Here is the close up of the table.

Here is the gull wing door. I think it is better than the small door found on some smaller teardrop campers.

Perhaps to really make them usable as a camper for small to micro cars, it would have a wider stance so they won't tip over as easily and give them a little more room on the inside. It would be nice if someone came out with a plans, a kit or just the whole camper (similar but different to prevent any lawsuits that be charged for infringement on the design). If they did, I would definitely check it out. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jeep Trio Concept (2003); Modern Micro Off Roader?

Even though the concept from Jeep is from 2003, I think it could still sell today. I think it is a shame they did not produce some version of this really cool off road vehicle. Jeep Trio Concept 2004. Car Designs News has a nice article on it. I agree with Car Designs News in that it would fit in today. I would put it on my list of next possible cars to buy if they produced it.
I like how small it is. I definitely consider it a modern micro car. 
The seats look comfortable. 

It has a Jeep look to it yet keeps it modern.

I like the ground clearance. I like how the wheels are exposed.

The back seat is neat but I don't more than one person could fit back there.