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Chrysler Reveals Carbon Fibre-Bodied Concept at Detroit Auto Show

22 April 2004

The Chrysler Group unveiled a mid-engined super car concept with composite body and chassis at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Conceived, designed and built in less than a year, the ME Four-Twelve is a follow-up to the Dodge Tomahawk concept shown in 2003. According to Chrysler Group Design senior VP Trevor Creed, the car represents not only a design statement but advanced engineering, as well.

The car is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12, quad-turbo engine delivering an incredible 850 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque that is projected to launch the vehicle from a stop to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The car's top speed, according to computer models, is 248 mph.

This level of performance is possible, in part, due to the vehicle's lightweight carbon fibre bodywork and chassis structure. A monocoque tub structure, which protects driver and passenger, is a sandwich construction of carbon fibre/vinyl ester skins over aluminium honeycomb core. Together with a high-strength steel tube frame, the tub forms the vehicle's support structure. Carbon bodywork panels are mated to the tub. The car was designed and built in the U.S. According to Chrysler, crash protection is provided by aluminium crush structures.

DaimlerChrysler spokesperson Sam Locricchio says that there has been no decision yet to move the concept into production. ""Engineering and testing continues as does the review of the market and public reactions to the vehicle,"" he explains.






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