Jamming the engine from a crotch-rocket into a car the size of a postage stamp would almost be a no-brainer, wouldn’t it? If for no other reason than having a redline that would make a rotary geek jealous, we’d be on board. After seeing what a Hayabusa-powered Smart is capable of (read: spanking a Ferrari in a drag race) and a Fiat 126p powered by a Honda CBR900RR mill attack a rally stage with the ferocity and noise of an angry hornet, we are sold. The question then becomes: what car gets the conversion?
Surely, the car has to be small and light enough to make such a swap worth the effort. In the American market, that pretty much eliminates any car bigger than a Geo Metro. Rear-drive would be a perk as well. We’d look towards the imports of the 1970s and early 1980s because they offer up both points while still being light. Could it even be done with cars that were found in the U.S. market, or are there only a handful of machines, like this 1972 Honda N600 that was recently featured on The Smoking Tire, that fit the bill? Surely, a Fiat 124 Spider from the 1970s would wake up with a 12,000 RPM redline? What say you, readers?