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Smart #1 Brabus: in the moose test “makes no sense” Smart #1 Brabus: in the moose test “makes no sense”


The Smart #1 Brabus has a lot of power, perhaps too much for such a car to pass the moose test at below average speed

March 7, 2023 – 11:50 am

There Smart #1 Brabus was submitted to the moose trial leaving testers baffled by the amount of power the electric crossover is able to dump to the ground. It is mainly for this reason that the Spanish colleagues had fun, but remained puzzled about the behavior of the car in an emergency maneuver. The most famous test in the world makes it possible to check how quickly an obstacle avoidance maneuver can put the driver in difficulty. As we will see from the comments of the Spanish colleagues, the calibration of the ESC requires a lot of arm work from the driver to counteract the oversteer which triggers above certain speeds. THE video below Brabus Smart trial #1 is produced by the Spanish magazine Km77, which specializes in road tests and tests.


THE moose trial (Or moose test) is based on the ISO 3888-2 standard. The test driver driving the test car drives up to a constant test speed. When it comes to a point marked by cones swerves suddenly to avoid an obstacle, which could be another car or a wild animal. Before turning, the driver takes his foot off the accelerator and the evasive maneuver is carried out using the steering wheel only and without any other commands but with the ESP safety system active. The piloting takes place in two phases:

  • obstacle avoidance, carried out at an increasingly high speed in the different tests. This is to check how well the steering wheel, suspension, chassis and tires provide manageable control even in the face of an unexpected obstacle;
  • return to the initial trajectory(a 3 meter wide cone lane) without requiring excessive wheel corrections and without knocking over any cones. They can occur in the event of oversteer (tendency to spin) or understeer (the front wheels slip sideways and the car widens its trajectory), two behaviors of a car that has reached its limits of stability.

In addition to the moose test, the Smart #1 Brabus was also tested in the slalom between the cones at constant speed. In this test, the tendency to roll (the car leans to the side) is exaggerated to bring the grip of the tires to the limit. Here’s how the test Smart #1 Brabus in the video below.


THE test Smart #1 Brabus from km77 shows that a seemingly traditional electric car can entertain even the most discerning drivers, perhaps on a track day. As can be understood from the statements reported by the magazine, I 428 horsepower and 1900 kg of the more peppery version of Smart #1crew with Continental EcoContact 6 235/45 R19 summer tires they require impetus in an emergency situation such as the sudden avoidance of an obstacle. There Smart #1 passes the test without knocking down the cones at 65km/hrather weak compared to other cars due to the strong tendency to oversteer and the late intervention of the ESC. “Even at this speed, the car would oversteer moderately.” “AND fun to drive, but doesn’t make much sense is km77’s comment in reference to the effort required to keep the car under control. Probably the least efficient version of the Smart #1 with 271 horsepoweraccording to the magazine, would have a more balanced behavior.


THE Brabus Smart trial #1 in the slalom between the cones it impresses positively partly also for the sprint to a standstill. “The speed with which it starts from rest is disconcerting if you are not used to these power levels. As for charge transfers “the body has very limited movements and the stability control acts discreetly allowing the car to move easily”.

Source : Sicur Auto



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