Jeep Hurricane

With twin 5.7-liter Hemi V8engines and a super-stiff carbon-fiber body, the Jeep Hurricane concepttruck is the boldest, most fearsome rock crawler ever built. But thereal achievement lies underneath. A central transfer case called theT-Box receives the opposing engines' driveshafts and apportions acombined 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque to all fourindependently sprung wheels. Each wheel can deflect up to 45 degreesoff-center, enabling the Hurricane to scoot diagonally like a beachcrab or, when coupled with the gearbox's ability to turn the wheels inopposite directions, spin in place like, well, a hurricane.Of course, the Hurricane goes forward and backward, too, and fast. It'llblast to 60 mph in an estimated five seconds, hit a projected 120 mph,and, thanks to 14.3 inches of ground clearance, scramble over justabout anything the unpaved world can throw at it. Don't hold yourbreath waiting for the Hurricane to blow into your local Jeepdealership, but the company is looking to bring elements of the conceptinto production trucks.

Source: jeep.comAdded: 3 March 2006

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