ⓘ Jeep Hurricane

                                     

ⓘ Jeep Hurricane

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. The concept went on to win IDEA Silver Award, a Popular Science "Best of whats new" award, and an Autoweek Editors Choice award in the "Most Fun" category.

                                     

1. Specifications

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. 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. 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. The first mode turns all 4 wheels in the same direction, allowing the Hurricane to move sideways. 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. The Hurricanes 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.

                                     

2. Dimensions

  • Front and Rear Suspension: Long-travel, short/long arm independent
  • Front Overhang: 25.0 inches 635 mm
  • Transfer Case: Custom multi-mode with 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 ratios
  • Break-Over Angle: 31.5 degrees
  • Track, Frt/Rr: 67.5/67.5 inches 1.715/1.715 mm
  • Approach/Depart Angle: 64.0/86.7 degrees
  • Tire Size: 305/70R20 all four
  • Rear Overhang: 18.7 inches 475 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 14.3 inches 363 mm
  • Wheel Size: 20x10 inches 51x25 cm
                                     

3. Future Development

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.