In LA lives a fashion designer called Jeremy Scott. Jeremy Scott has created costumes for many major popstrels including *reads hurriedly from press release* Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Madonna.
And now, presumably after a collaborative process comprising a long evening in a trendy Venice Beach bar lubricated with many daiquiris, Jeremy Scott has designed his own version of the Smart ForTwo electric drive. It is called the Smart ForJeremy. This makes Top Gear very thankful that Smart did not ask the lead singer of Skunk Anansie to design her own ForTwo.
The ForJeremy, as you may have noticed, sports a pair of wings at the back. Wings are apparently Jeremy Scott’s ‘trademark’, a trademark we suspect may not be recognised by many international patent offices.
“For me,” Jeremy Scott says, “wings mean freedom, a sense of weightlessness.” Not to mention increased difficulty reverse-parking.
Smart says a fashion designer has never previously been permitted to make changes to a vehicle’s body. We hope Smart now understands why this was the case.
“Both Smart and the wings represent a bit of freedom on the crowded streets of major cities,” Smart boss Dr Annette Winkler tells us. “Both Jeremy Scott and the Smart brand are pioneering trendsetters, venturing into uncharted territories and challenging the status quo.”
Top Gear cannot deny that the ForJeremy challenges the status quo. The interior is trimmed in white nappa leather and chrome, a combination commonly known on this side of the Atlantic as ‘Ashley Cole Wedding Spec’.
But hey, at least it’s just a daft concept never to be built, right? Afraid not. Smart says it will launch ‘a limited special edition’ of the ForJeremy in 2013, though exactly how limited or how special is yet to be revealed. At least, with a maximum speed of just 78mph, its lucky owners are unlikely to discover whether the ForJeremy’s wings serve any aerodynamic function.
Words: Sam Philip