The Daewoo-made Chevrolet Matiz doesn’t usually get much attention on TopSpeed. It’s 0.8-liter three cylinder engine is nice for an economy car, but we’ll still take the Corvette instead. But that may change with the introduction of this Matiz touched up by Yves Fourdin, founder of Fourdin Auto Sport (FAS), and a few of his enthusiasts (not engineer) friends.
They left the computer at home and put in about 1,500 hours of good ’ol fashion wrench time. FAS grabbed a 505 hp 7.0-liter V8 directly out of a Corvette Z06 to produce this little asphalt-kicking machine.
A factory-fresh Matiz can make the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 17.6 seconds the FAS version will do it in about 3.7 seconds, and can go from 0-200km/h in 10.94 seconds. The top speed has been increased significantly as well, from 144km/h (89 mph) in the factory version to 260km/h (163mph) in the hot-rodded Matiz.
The Matiz was completed in 2008 and is currently being showcased in Belgium at the International Racing Show Liège. We didn’t get fuel economy figures, but we’re pretty sure it is slightly down from the original car’s 89 mpg.