The Jeep Hurricane is a concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by Jeep, a subsidiary of Daimler-Chrysler. 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 MillenWorks designed four-wheel steering system 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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