Posted at 02:00:00 PM
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Author: Mike Werner
The French 2CV car from Citroen has been one of those cars that have marked a generation, maybe even two generations. The car was very light, easy to repair, and could drive on anything, even drive better on snow than purpose built snow cars.
Of course, it was very under powered and very slow, but that was the magic about this car. Hippies and grandparents would drive it, basking in the sound of the 2 HP engine (2CV means 2 HP in French) purring away.
But what if you wanted the car to go a bit faster? Apart from putting burning alcohol or nitro methanol into the engine, there isn't much you can do about it, until Sparrow Automotive decided otherwise.
This British engineering company will remove the original engine and put in a BMW motorcycle engine of your choice. Your choice are between 850 cc and 1200 cc BMW motorcycle engines.
They can also upgrade the gearbox, using one from a later Citroen model. The video below is that of a 2CV Citroen car using a BMW 1100S motorcycle engine. The upgrade gives it 95 bhp, top speed of 100+ mph and a very respectable 0-100 kph in 9 seconds (in a real 2CV you probably couldn't even reach 100 kph, and if you did, you'd need a cuckoo clock to measure the time).
I've always wanted a 2CV car, it's the only car I would consider buying/owning. But this conversion would really be the icing on the cake.
Here's the video. Just listen after the introduction to the car humming away with the BMW engine.... pure bliss.
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