Jeep Hurricane

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Jeep Hurricane
The Jeep Hurricane at the 2005 NAIAS
DesignerAaron Pizzuti (lead exterior designer)
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
EngineTwin 5.7 L Hemi V8 engines
Transmission5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,746 mm (108.1 in)
Length3,856 mm (151.8 in)
Width2,032 mm (80.0 in)
Height1,732 mm (68.2 in)
Curb weight3,850 lb (1,746 kg) (estimated)

The Jeep Hurricane is a bespoke custom concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by American automaker Jeep. Its principal exterior designer was Aaron Pizzuti.[1] The concept went on to win IDEA Silver Award,[2] a Popular Science "Best of what's new" award,[3] and an Autoweek Editor's Choice award in the "Most Fun" category.[4]


The Hurricane is powered by twin 5.7 L HEMI V8 engines which each produce 335 hp (250 kW; 340 PS) and 370 lb⋅ft (502 N⋅m) of torque, for a total of 670 hp (500 kW; 679 PS) and 740 lb⋅ft (1,003 N⋅m) of torque.[5] Power is sent to all 4 wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Hurricane is equipped with automatic cylinder deactivation for both engines, which deactivates cylinders in sets of 4, allowing the Hurricane to run on 16, 12, 8 or 4 of its total cylinders.[6] It is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. The Hurricane features a Chrysler designed and patented four-wheel steering system, which was outsourced to MillenWorks, and features two selectable modes.[7] The first mode turns all 4 wheels in the same direction, allowing the Hurricane to move sideways.[8] The second mode allows it to turn the front and back sets of wheels in opposite directions at equal angles, achieving a turning radius of zero feet and allowing the Hurricane to drive in a circle while staying in one spot.[9] The Hurricane's one-piece body is composed largely of light-weight structural carbon fiber.[10] 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.


  • Front Overhang: 25.0 inches (635 mm)
  • Rear Overhang: 18.7 inches (475 mm)
  • Track, Frt/Rr: 67.5/67.5 inches (1,715/1,715 mm)
  • Transfer Case: Custom multi-mode with 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 ratios
  • 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)

Future Development[edit]

The Jeep Hurricane at the 2006 LA Auto Show
The Jeep Hurricane at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show.

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Chrysler designer pushes for passion". Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  2. ^ "Jeep Hurricane IDEA Silver Award". Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. ^ "AutoWeek Gives Editor's Choice Honors to Top Vehicles at Detroit's 2005 NAIAS". Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  4. ^ "Jeep Hurricane Concept". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  5. ^ "How the Jeep Hurricane Works". HowStuffWorks. 2005-02-05. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
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  7. ^ "Jeep 4-wheel steering". Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  8. ^ "Jeep Hurricane: the awesome dual-Hemi concept car". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  9. ^ "Jeep hurricane info". Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  10. ^ "Jeep Hurricane".

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