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Crews extinguish Smart car fire in south

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10 minutes ago, Declan said:

IOM today -

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=45004&headline=Micro car blaze%3A with video&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019

Describe it as a " ’twist-and-go’ Aixam micro car" which makes it sound like a scooter.

I’m out in Catalonia at present. It’s not a smart, but a lightweight micro car with plastic body. They have scooter engines and can be driven without a driving licence here. Lots of older people in the country villages drive them. Wandering all over the road. Bit like driving in the IoM really.

Several makes. Aixam, Ligier ( as in F1! ).

The twist & go refers to the CVT transmission, belt and two cones. Clunks.

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5 minutes ago, John Wright said:

The twist & go refers to the CVT transmission, belt and two cones. Clunks. 

Is that anything to do with Dilithium Crystals?

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16 minutes ago, Declan said:

Is that anything to do with Dilithium Crystals?

Unfortunately no. More a DAF variomatic.

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1 minute ago, John Wright said:

Unfortunately no. More a DAF variomatic.

I had a Daff Daffodil many years ago, and that had a variable transmission, ( CVT ).

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30 minutes ago, John Wright said:

I’m out in Catalonia at present. It’s not a smart, but a lightweight micro car with plastic body. They have scooter engines and can be driven without a driving licence here. Lots of older people in the country villages drive them. Wandering all over the road. Bit like driving in the IoM really.

Several makes. Aixam, Ligier ( as in F1! ).

The twist & go refers to the CVT transmission, belt and two cones. Clunks.

But wasn`t this a smart "electric car" ( no petrol engine )?

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35 minutes ago, LightBulb said:

But wasn`t this a smart "electric car" ( no petrol engine )?

It was an Aixam. Not a Smart. Do Aixam do battery powered vehicles?

Looks as if they do.

https://www.aixam.com/en/

Hosever the story says the fire started in, and spread from, the engine compartment.

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Looking at the picture, whatever the specification is currently, it would seem that ejector seats should be high on the wish list

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Whatever it is, there is not much left. In a crash what protection would there be?

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2 hours ago, John Wright said:

The twist & go refers to the CVT transmission, belt and two cones. Clunks.

 

2 hours ago, Declan said:

Is that anything to do with Dilithium Crystals?

No. Madonna, I think.

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44 minutes ago, Kopek said:

Whatever it is, there is not much left. In a crash what protection would there be?

One step up from lycra :lol:

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20 minutes ago, John Wright said:

Panda link doesn't seem to work, John. But still marginal-to-poor for adult occupant/driver protection indicated on the Aixam specs?

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7 minutes ago, Non-Believer said:

Panda link doesn't seem to work, John. But still marginal-to-poor for adult occupant/driver protection indicated on the Aixam specs?

My view is that they’re death traps. Not even fitted with air bags. No safety frame.

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