Press Release) smart forfun2:
The combination of two vehicles with cult status
The smart forfun, a smart forfour with monster truck ambitions,
caused quite a stir at the Athens Motor Show in November 2005.
Following the extremely positive response to this, the decision to
develop a further vehicle with a similar character was a logical
Following the initiative of Mercedes-Benz Hellas, Stefan Attart
(46), Greek Champion in 4x4 Rally Races had clear ideas: the new
off-road vehicle should have the body of a smart fortwo. A suitable
platform now had to be found.
Awakening the inner child
DaimlerChrysler has always had an unusually large range of off-road
vehicles - from the M-Class to the G-model and the Unimog. One look
at the smart forfun2 (pronounced smart forfun to the second) and you
see straightaway that it is based on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406
This is what makes it so fascinating: the combination of two
vehicles, each of which has achieved cult status in its respective
segment. So it's no wonder that the smart forfun2 awakens the inner
child in everyone who sees it.
Combining vehicle and platform
But first things first: once the platform for the smart forfun2 had
been decided, in January of this year Stefan Attart started working
on the first designs. It goes without saying that there's more to an
off-road vehicle like this than simply screwing four wheels under a
Based on technical drawings of both vehicles, a design was created
that for the first time clearly showed the direction the new vehicle
was to take. Stefan Attart laid down the design that was to connect
the vehicle with the platform, and precise attachment points were
defined on the axles and the chassis.
The engine and transmission were adopted from the Unimog. The OM
352, a six-cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of 5,675 cc, was
given a prominent and clearly visible position on the front axle. It
delivers 84 bhp - an impressive figure for the smart forfun2. The
diesel version of the production car has a 41 bhp engine.
The dimensions also turn heads: tyres on 26 inch rims with a
diameter of 140 cm. Not to mention ground clearance of 65
centimetres and an unbelievable total height of 3.7 metres.
Maximum off-road mobility
The designers wanted to give the smart forfun2 maximum off-road
mobility - and the platform of the 406 offers optimum prerequisites
for off-road driving. The off-road character is further emphasized
by oversized wheels and the safety cage made of aluminium tubes.
To optimise the vehicle for off-road driving, in addition to special
shock absorbers Stefan Attart fitted manually controlled air
suspension. This enables the driver to specifically influence
individual springs – a particular advantage on extreme downhill
Uncompromising vehicle concept
Everything in one car that is sure to divide opinions - or boys from
men. Two vehicles, which each represent an uncompromising vehicle
concept in their respective environments, and yet remain unique. And
this combination in the smart forfun2 is sure to cause even more
As with the real smart fortwo, some people are sure to find the
concept of the smart forfun2 too radical, whilst others will love it
- with not many opinions in-between. However running apart from the
herd is probably the best prerequisite for achieving cult status.