Smart Car Races A Mustang GT And This Happened

Normally, your typical SmartCar Coupe retails for somewhere in the vicinity of $15,000 new. It has a 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that is rear wheel driven and a riding lawnmower equivalent of horsepower – 89 HP. The torque isn’t anything to brag about either, with barely 100 pound feet as rated by the manufacturer. If it was normally on the start line, it maybe could get up to 60 mph at the 10.1 s mark. And least ironically of all, the fuel efficiency of the gas-powered models rivals mid-90s Volvo sedans at 32/39/35.

So, on the surface, there isn’t much about a SmartCar that would make it a prime pick for racing against a tried-and-true Ford Mustang. Thankfully, that’s where someone decided to change it up. Whether it was your first car or it’s a pet project on the side, automotive enthusiasts always have at least one – a car built with little show and a lot of force, meant to turn heads at the stop light and bring shame to the competition at the speedway.

A slight misnomer, the 462 ci “BBC” (big block engine) was actually manufactured by Ford for the 1967 Lincoln Continental which featured a 7.6 L 462 cubic inch V-8 automatic made for cruising members of high society between their gala events. The 462 cubic inch V-8 engine packed a whopping 340 hp at 4600 rpm. It could also generate upwards of 485 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. (more…)

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Make no bones about it – this 462 ci was designed to last and create an ungodly amount of power for the likes of limousines and luxury 4-door sedans for the Lincoln line. Now