“What if?” is one of the most dangerous questions in the automotive industry, because it often yields some pretty horrendous results. On the other hand, it can also be a powerful catalyst for creativity, driving the development of truly beautiful concept vehicles that might never have seen the light of day.
In the case of Smit Vehicle Engineering’s first build — ‘Oletha’ — we’d have to argue the latter. Based on the design of a BMW Z8, it sees the early 2000s roadster reimagined as a flowing carbon-bodied coupe with an electronically-actuated rear spoiler. And that’s not all; underneath the lightweight composite paneling, SVE has reworked practically every component available. With the 4.4L V8 engine, for instance, they’ve added a carbon fiber intake, some electromechanical throttle bodies, as well as a set of stainless steel exhausts to push its output in excess of 450 horses. And when it comes to the handling, SVE has spared no expense, fitting Oletha with two-way adjustable suspension, forged aluminum control arms, and a set of AP Racing brakes. Rounded out by a driver-focused interior — complete with an audiophile-grade sound system and some eight-way adjustable seats — the result is a beemer that’s beyond compare. You can learn more below.