Who Knew That An Electric Smart Could Be So Much Fun

The electric version of the Smart is arguably the best pick of the range, as the characteristics of the zero-emissions powertrain fit the miniscule car really well.

The instant torque combined with the tiny footprint of the two-seater city car make it ideal for dealing with city driving, not to mention really fun.

But seeing an original Smart EV getting driven within an inch of its life and not break a sweat really impressed us. Clearly, there’s more fun to be had with this little nugget of a car than anyone would have thought, as portrayed in the video posted by Kyle Conner on YouTube.

Of course, making the tiny Smart spin its wheels and behave like the world’s smallest rally car on dirt roads must have involved removing a fuse or two, in order to disable the strict and permanent electronic stability control.

It may not be advisable, but by the looks of it, it sure looks like the way to make the Smart behave like a proper hoon mobile.

In addition, the small dimensions and weight allow the electric Smart to take some impressive off-road beating. Having the motor at the rear powering the same axle also makes it almost the same with a Porsche 911, right?


  • Iberian Rekluse

    Go karts and mopeds can be fun to drive also…

  • Six_Tymes

    “Smart car” for dumb people.

    • Iberian Rekluse


    • Chris Browder

      You obviously don’t have a lack of parking to contend with on a daily basis. Lucky you.

  • Jay

    That doesn’t look or sound like fun to me.

  • Ilbirs

    Seems more capable than what we would suppose. As we’re talking about a smart ED, maybe a Tesla motor swap would be the equivalent to putting a Hayabusa engine on the combustion version.

  • Schorschi

    What am I missing? You’re talking about a past generation vehicle. You’re three, if not four years behind.

    Again, what am I missing?

    • Chris Browder

      They stopped making that model barely two years ago .not really all that old since most are still under factory 4/50k warranty…

      • Schorschi

        Ok, so you’re two years behind. Big whoop. You’re BEHIND!. Do you get that? Move on. Nothing to see here. Stop reviewing the Smart 451.

  • Vassilis

    hehe good fun

  • Harry_Wild

    Is the Smart Car EV release in the U.S.?

    • Chris Browder

      The car in the video is a 2014, EDv3, but 2nd gen (w451) chassis. It was sold in the US until 2016, I own two of them.

  • Chris Browder

    You don’t pull any fuses. You press the two buttons on each side of the cluster with thumb and index finger get, hold them while cycling key to on, wait for the traction light to blink, release buttons and turn key to enter ready mode without traction or motor deceleration/regenerative braking. It will chirp balding tires like this, and slides very easily.

    • smartacus

      or just pull fuse #11

  • SteersUright

    Awesome. Didnt even realize it was rear drive!

  • smartacus

    Oh i’ve driven one of those electro-jobs.
    it’s got half the driving range of a moped.

    The name ED is gender insensitive
    because of Erectile Dysfunction.

  • smartacus

    DAYSTAR makes a lift-kit for that car too.

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