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