Jeep Hurricane Concept Car
This is yet another wild and wacky concept car that redefines how we think about our daily transportation. This Jeep Hurricane Concept Car has some really unique features, and a name that people living in coastal areas would rather not embrace.
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The Jeep Hurricane Concept Car was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to showcase their off-road capabilities. This was meant to be a return to their rugged, off-road, outdoorsy vehicle. This was a departure from their more recent vehicles that are more at home on a highway than they are on a rock cliff. The Hurricane consisted of a rugged, one-piece body made of lightweight carbon fiber. The skid plate underneath is an all aluminum spine that connects the chassis to the bottom of the Jeep.
This Jeep is quite unique in that it has no side doors and no roof, which it seems would be inconvenient at best for a daily driver. There are only 2 seats, so don’t count on driving all your friends to the beach in this one. The driver and passenger have to climb over the sides to get in, since those side pieces do not move. The Jeep also has a rather unique 4 wheel steering system which literally allows the Jeep to move sideways! I would love to see the looks on people’s faces when I was parallel parking this thing. I would also bet it can cut some awesome donuts!
The development of this Jeep resulted in numerous patents, as there were so many engineering challenges involved in making all the bits and pieces work. The best part of this Jeep is the powertrain. The area behind the seats holds a secret. That area, and under the hood, are both packed with 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engines that produce a combined 670 hp and 740 lb ft of torque. That is not a typo – this thing has TWO HEMIS in it! There is no mention of fuel economy, but with two 5.7L Hemis, my guess would be that the owner of this Jeep should consider purchasing stock in Chevron…or buy a gas station as an investment. I am thinking single digits here, maybe low double digits on the highway. No aerodynamics, big mud tires, and two thirsty Hemis doesn’t make for a fuel efficient rig. But who buys this for miles per gallon? Think of the number of SMILES per gallon 2 Hemis could bring?
- Curb Weight 3,850 lb
- Engine: Two 5.7-liter, 8-cylinder Hemi engines producing combined 670 hp and 740 lbf·ft torque
- Transfer Case: Custom multi-mode with 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 ratios
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic
- Front and Rear Suspension: Long-travel, short/long arm independent
- 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
This little Jeep is a monster! It can move sideways, it is pretty quick, it has 4 wheel drive and 4 wheel steering, and it has TWO HEMIS in it. It has enough torque and horsepower to climb straight up a mountain! Unfortunately, Jeep says the cost and complexity of production has prevented it from being made. I say to Jeep – “Shut up and take my money. I want mine to be red!” . Just rename it something aside from Hurricane. I live in Texas, and the word Hurricane is practically a curse word here.