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Smyth Performance G3F

Smyth Performance G3F

Smyth Performance G3F

Year (of specifications) 2010
Engine TDI, 1.8T, VR6
Transmission Manual RWD
Max speed 140 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower -
weight -

What you're looking at here is the proposed final design - and the partially constructed prototype - of an all-new kit car developed by Smyth Performance. The car's name is the G3F.

The car is based on the company's motto of "Go Green but Go Fast". I assume they mean; have a fast, fuel efficient car. Not; get a fuel efficient car quickly'. Anyway, the company was created by Factory Five Racing's co-founder, Mark Smith. Factory Five Racing produce the GTM, a car which is in no way green. But this new offering should tick both the fuel efficient box, and hopefully the fun-to-drive box.

The car is based on the VW Jetta/Golf platform, and the transformation begins with the cutting away of 1000 lbs (450 kgs) of the original car, replacing the bodywork with a sleek two-door coupe skin formed from fiberglass. The drivetrain of the vehicle is also borrowed from the VW donor car, meaning that there's everything from a frugal TDI engine on offer, right up to the potent engine from the VR6 - that one doesn't really tick the green box though.

The engine's position gets moved from the front to the middle, and it becomes a RWD car. Much of the safety structure of the VW gets incorporated into the G3F's design, although to beef it up there are additional steel tubes and framework.

It's cheap too. The cost of the donor car is roughly $5,000 - depending on what model you go for, and the kit costs $10,000. In total it's estimated the final kit will take 100 hours to build from start to finish.

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