The Jeep Hurricane is a bespoke custom concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by American off-road brand Jeep. Its name is likely a reference to the Willys Hurricane engine, which powered the CJ and other Willy's and Jeep vehicles for over twenty years. The Hurricane's one-piece body is composed largely of light-weight structural carbon fiber. Its skid plate is an aluminum spine that connects the chassis to the underside of the vehicle. The Hurricane doesn’t have side doors or a roof, and there is only seating for two people. The driver and passenger enter the vehicle over bulkheads on each side. The Hurricane features a Chrysler designed and patented four-wheel steering system, which was outsourced to MillenWorks that allows the Hurricane to move sideways. Its principal exterior designer was Aaron Pizzuti. The concept went on to win IDEA Silver Award, a Popular Science "Best of what's new" award, and an AutoWeek Editor's Choice award in the "Most Fun" category.
It is not expected to be a production vehicle due to the complexity and cost of the drivetrain, however many patents were secured in the Hurricane’s development.
- Curb Weight (estimated): 3,850 lb (1,746 kg)
- Length: 151.8 inches (3,856 mm)
- Wheelbase: 108.1 inches (2,746 mm)
- Front Overhang: 25.0 inches (635 mm)
- Rear Overhang: 18.7 inches (475 mm)
- Width: 80.0 inches (2,033 mm)
- Height: 68.2 inches (1,732 mm)
- Track, Frt/Rr: 67.5/67.5 inches (1,715/1,715 mm)
- Engine: Two 5.7-liter, 8-cylinder HEMI engines
- Power: 670 hp (500 kW) (2 x 335 hp)
- Torque: 740 lbf·ft (1000 N·m) (2 x 370 lbf-ft)
- 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
- Ground Clearance: 14.3 inches (363 mm)
- Break-Over Angle: 31.5 degrees
- Approach/Depart Angle: 64.0/86.7 degrees
- Tire Size: 305/70R20 (all four)
- Wheel Size: 20x10 inches (51x25 cm)
- 0-60 mph (97 km/h): 4.9 seconds
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