Electric Smart Hop-Up - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Electric Smart Hop-Up

May 11, 2011


How do you improve the pitiful 0-60 mph and quarter-mile performance of the electric Smart car? They one they call the 2011 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Passion, for some reason?

Lash it to a trailer and let a 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor tow it up the strip, that's how.

Doing so cuts nearly TEN seconds off the Passion's 0-60 time. The e-Smart also gains 15.8 mph of terminal velocity at the far end of the strip when it's along for the ride.

2011 Smart Electric 0-60 1/4-mile
Under Its Own Power 22.4 22.0 @ 59.5
Towed Behind Ford Raptor 11.9 19.0 @ 75.3

Humorous video after the jump...

Oh, wait. This is a Raptor post. I should probably talk about the truck.

As you might expect, the toughest part for the Raptor is the 0-30 mph portion of the run, the part we look at to judge the launch. Without a trailer, our 6,000-pound Raptor gets up to that speed in 2.8 seconds, but it takes 4.3 seconds to get going when towing the electric smart.

I didn't measure the weight of the loaded trailer combination, but the rugged U-Haul Auto Transport rental I used is all steel and built like a tank. According to U-Haul's website it weighs in at 2,210 pounds. The electric Smart's 2,082-pound curb weight comes in slightly LOWER than that and brings the total towed weight up to 4,292 pounds.

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 0-60 1/4-mile
All By Itself 7.2 15.3 @ 91.4
Towing An Electric Smart 11.9 19.0 @ 75.3

This isn't a lot of weight in the overall scheme of F-150 tow ratings, but the Raptor is only rated to tow 6,000 pounds owing to soft, long-travel suspension and those large off-road tires that make the overall final drive ratio at the pavement less aggressive (and less tow-friendly) than the 4.10-to-1 differential ratio suggests.

Out in the real world, the world of moderate acceleration, speed limits and other cars, the Raptor has no trouble at all keeping up with traffic, merging or getting around slowpokes. I'm not doomed to run with the dump trucks because I've got no reserves.

In fact, it's easy to forget I'm towing anything at all -- until I glance up at the mirror and catch a glimpse of that goofy-looking Smart roofline tailgating right behind me.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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