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2005 JEEP Hurricane Concept
Review, specifications, features and benefits

2005 JEEP Hurricane Concept
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Hurricane Concept

The Jeep Hurricane is a concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by the manufacturer Daimler-Chrysler

Climbing Ability
The Hurricane has a ground clearance of 14.3 inches (360 mm). Combined with 20-inch wide wheels holding 37-inch tall tires that are specially designed for off-roading, the Hurricane can approach and climb a 64.0 degree angle. It can also descend and depart an 86.7 degree angle. Its 20-inch, four-wheel independent short/long-arm suspension system is dampened by coilover shocks with remote reservoirs, which allows for longer travels in the shock. This helps the Hurricane to ascend and regress down almost any natural surface.

The Hurricane is powered by two 5.7-liter Hemi engines, one above the front axle and one above the rear axle. Each engine produces 335 horsepower (250 kW) and 370 lbf·ft (500 N·m) of torque for a total power output of 670 horsepower (500 kW) and 740 lbf·ft (1000 N·m) of torque. These figures help to accelerate the Hurricane from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

One feature of the Hurricane's engine system is the ability to use different sets of cylinders for different driving conditions. Each engine contains eight cylinders, but the multi-displacement system can use all, half, or none of the cylinders of each engine. For example, all sixteen cylinders can be utilized for rough terrain, twelve can be used for charging along off-road trails, eight can be used for city driving, and four can be used for highway conditions. This feature can be manipulated manually or done automatically.

The Hurricane contains a mechanically controlled four-wheel torque-distribution system, where each wheel has its own driveshaft rather than having one central driveshaft. This system delivers power to the car’s solid split axles through a central transfer case. In other powerful vehicles, the rotation of their central drive shafts applies downforce to one side of the car and upforce to the other. However, the Hurricane's split-axle design applies a downward force on each wheel individually, giving it great traction under acceleration. This prevents the frame from twisting and the wheels from lifting off the ground.

Another interesting feature of the Hurricane is the four-wheel independent steering system. Each of the Hurricane’s four wheels can turn independently from one another, allowing for three steering modes. The first mode is standard steering, where the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels. This tightens the turning radius and allows for more accurate steering. In the second mode, called “crab-steering”, all of the tires can be oriented in the same direction, which moves the vehicle laterally while it is still facing the same direction. The third mode makes use of the “T-Box Zero Steer” mechanism, turning all of the tires “toe-in” so that the wheels on each axle face a different direction. This means the Hurricane can actually turn in place, or spin with a turning radius of zero.

The Hurricane's one-piece body is composed largely of light-weight structural carbon fiber, which is both rigid and strong. Unlike traditional frames, the Hurricane’s body also serves as the chassis, and all of the car’s components such as the engine, transfer case, and suspension system are mounted directly to the body. 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 have to enter the vehicle "Dukes-of-Hazzard" style. Despite the Hurricane’s meager luxury options, it features a futuristic dashboard with polished aluminum accents named Black Thunder and Tiluminum. It also shows off Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille.

    * 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

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