IN­FO­CUS

Smart’s new Forstar con­cept car turns the phone into an in­te­gral part of the car — and the car into a mo­bile cinema

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - KARLA PIN­COTT karla.pin­cott@cars­guide.com.au

PHONE com­pat­i­bil­ity in a car? Old hat. Smart’s new con­cept car turns the phone into an in­te­gral part of the car— and the car into a mo­bile cinema.

Where some have a bon­net in­take to help cool the engine, the Smart Forstar’s scoop con­ceals a pro­jec­tor that turns a wall into your cinema.

The me­dia player for the pro­jec­tor can be con­nected di­rectly to your smart­phone or stream video from it via Blue­tooth. The Forstar’s other trick is to turn the phone into a rear-view mir­ror.

The Forstar name refers not to the likely clien­tele but to the glass roof that re­veals the night sky. It’s a de­vel­op­ment of the glass-tail­gated ‘‘ For-us’’ con­cept shown at the Detroit mo­tor show in Jan­uary.

Smart says it’s the brand’s first ‘‘ Sports Util­ity Coupe’’— al­though it’s pretty well re­moved from nor­mal stan­dards of util­ity.

The right-hand tail light con­ceals the charg­ing socket and the left is a large bot­tle holder. The seat shells are slung with cloth ham­mocks, which can be eas­ily re­moved to change colours when the mood strikes or to load large items.

Fin­ishes in­clude a mix of white leather, mother of pearl, ‘‘ alubeam’’ red paint (Benz’s chrome-ef­fect fin­ish) and ti­ta­nium. There are the manda­tory LED gar­nishes in the light clus­ters.

Sit­ting lower than the Smart Fortwo avail­able here, the Forstar is built on a sig­nif­i­cantly longer (60cm) and wider (19cm) plat­form.

The con­cept is pow­ered by a 60kW mag­neto-elec­tric mo­tor fed by a 17.6kWh bat­tery (as used in other mar­kets in the Smart Fortwo Brabus), which de­vel­ops 135Nm of torque from start-up and pro­pels it to more than 130km/h.

In fo­cus: Smart’s Forstar con­cept car gives­newmean­ing to ‘‘drive-in cinema’’

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