Five years on from its first appearance at SMMT Millbrook, Suzuki will again be bringing along its 1982 SC100 – more fondly known in the UK as the ‘Whizzkid’. At just 3,190mm long and 1,220mm high the SC100 will most likely be the smallest car on display and will join the Vitara and Celerio models available for test.
The SC100 was a product of Suzuki’s wealth of experience in ‘Kei’ car design in Japan where very compact and lightweight vehicles are manufactured to qualify for lower taxation and favourable parking in crowded Cities. This model was first introduced in the UK in 1979 and since then has developed a cult following of enthusiast owners. At a price of only £2,400 in 1981, demand always outstripped supply and just 4,693 were sold up until the end of 1982.
Although not quite Euro 6 compliant, the SC100 achieved 50mpg and is powered by a 970cc four cylinder engine developing 47hp with 83Nm of torque at 2,500rpm and weighs just 655kg. Initially available with a 540cc three cylinder engine in some global markets, the later cars with heavier four cylinder engines were fitted with a counterweight in the front bumper to help balance weight distribution from the rear engine, rear drive layout.
The UK GX version was well specified as standard with reclining cloth seats, cigar lighter, heated rear window, push button radio, rack and pinion steering and all round independent suspension – a rare fitment back in the late seventies and a suspension design that Suzuki pioneered 25 years earlier in 1955 with the Suzulight. Top speed was 87mph and 0-62mph acceleration was a reasonable 16.5 seconds.
The Suzuki GB owned car is one of the last registered and is an immaculate example having been painstakingly restored in 2004 to its exact original specification. Only 105 are known to survive on UK roads.
When Suzuki’s Whizzkid rolled off the production line, it was eight years before Jade was born and Alun was busy adjusting carburettors and ignition timing two years into his technician’s apprenticeship.
If you are attending this year, we look forward to meeting you again. The Whizzkid will be available for brief test drives within the Millbrook facility; although probably not for lane five of the banked high speed bowl!
18 May 2015
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