The Smart 4×4: The Tiny Rally Car That Couldn’tApril 18th, 2014
In 2013, José Luis Álvarez, a Spanish pilot and motoring enthusiast, had the dream of entering a modified Smart Fortwo into the grueling off-road race, the Dakar Rally. He built the car by mating the Fourtwo’s body with a Polaris XP 900 side-by-side ATV’s chassis and a 90hp engine. Álvarez was able to obtain one sponsor, Feber, but was still over $20,000 short of what he needed to complete his vehicle, get to the start in Lima, Peru and enter the race. Despite being a nifty little ride, he wasn’t able to raise enough and couldn’t enter the 2013 race.
Following that turn of events, Álvarez decided to put the car up for sale. The vehicle is still available for purchase, as far as we can tell, and it could be yours for 28,000 Euros (about $38,700 USD). Take a look at the details here if you’re interested.