At Revvolution, we’re big fans of the underdog. Whether it’s an STI passing a legacy sports car on the curves, or a Conquest TSI ripping past today’s modern muscle on the straights, watching the little guy take it to automotive royalty is just the best. So when this badass Smart video surfaced we were giddy as schoolgirls.
Shot at Burnout Mania 2 in Sydney, this clip highlights several insane aspects of this rolling sanitarium; an interesting and no-doubt effective "touch" is the huge "Touch It Slut" windshield banner. But sticking a turbocharged rotary engine into a Suzuki van and then mounting the massive front mount intercooler on the nose clearly takes the win. Nothing says, "My priorities are to annihilate the rear tires for minutes on end while whipping this whip Scrambler-style and gesturing out the window," like using an intercooler core as a bumper.
Everyone has bad days. A long commute and terrible traffic sucks, being late for a crappy job sucks, getting sick sucks. And it’s easy to throw our hands up, pout, swear and feel sorry for our whiny selves.
Unlike the V-, straight- and flat-type engine configurations we’re used to seeing in cardom, a radial is a unique internal combustion engine. The cylinders of a radial engine point outward from a central crankshaft like spokes on a wagon wheel, and the pistons are attached to the crank by way of a master and articulating rod assembly. That sounds pretty complex, but the truth is that it’s an ingenious design that produces impressive power.
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