Jeep Hurricane the future of off-roading
If you think that today’s off-road vehicles can carry you anyway no matter how difficult the terrain is just think what the future will bring: an ultimate off-road car that won’t be stopped by anything.
This vehicle could be the Jeep Hurricane, a Daimler-Chrysler concept unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Until now there’s nothing special about this car, but think about this: Hurricane is a Jeep with more horsepower, more climbing ability and more steering options than any car ever made.
Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President of the Chrysler Group Design said: “Jeep Hurricane is simply the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built”, and he is right, too bad that they decide to build only the concept car.
What makes the Hurricane so perfect?
First of all the way it’s made. Jeep Hurricane is made from lightweight yet strong and durable material. The two seats, no doors interior surrounds the occupants with an exposed carbon fiber and polished aluminum. The suspension and powertrain are mounted directly to the body. It measures some 108.1 inches of wheelbase, a width of 80.0 inches, and a height of 68.2 inches. It holds a five speed automatic transmission system, as well as wheels measuring 20 x 10 inches. The Hurricane 14.3 inches of ground clearance, 20 inches of suspension travel, and incredible approach/departure angles of 64.0 /86.7 degrees makes it not the most comfortable and luxurious off road vehicle, but the most functional one.
The second thing that makes this car so perfect is its engine, actually engines. Yes, the Jeep Hurricane is powered by two real American muscle 5.7-liter HEMI engines, one in the front and one in the back. Those two engines generate a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the driver’s needs the Hurricane the engines are using 16, 12, 8 or 4 cylinders.
The third and maybe the most exceptional feature of the Hurricane is the steering system that offers the best performance and maneuverability. This marvel of engineering offers a multiple steering modes using four-wheel independent steering, that means that each wheel can turn separately from the others. In the standard steering mode, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels, which tightens the turning radius and makes for more accurate steering. In the second mode, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, meaning the Hurricane can move to the side without changing the direction that it faces. The third mode, utilizing the "T-Box Zero Steer" mechanism, allows all four wheels to "toe-in" and changes the drive direction to each wheel so that they alternate making the Hurricane to rotate in place.
The body work, the two powerful HEMI engines and the innovative steering system make the Jeep Hurricane the perfect car for the off-road driver. Maybe one day we could actually buy it!
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)
Torque: 740 lbf·ft (1000 N·m)
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