24 January 2005

Jeep unveiled the Detroit show’s most over-the-top concept car — the Hurricane. One 5.7-litre V8 plainly wasn’t enough for Jeep’s engineers, so they joined two together, producing 670bhp and 740lb ft.

But the Hurricane’s eyebrow-raising qualities don’t end there. On top of the twin engines, Jeep also developed two separate four-wheel steering methods that allows the Hurricane to spin on the spot. The first angles the rear tyres in the opposite direction to the front, reducing the turning circle to a minimum, while the second directs power to opposing wheels. Chrysler design boss Trevor Creed describes the Hurricane as the ‘extreme example for the Jeep brand,’ and the concept carries all the design cues of the marque, including the classic seven-bar grille. Although there is no chance of the Hurricane being produced, Jeep has patented various elements of the four-wheel steering and the twin-engine system. The steering system may find a home in Jeep’s US military operations.

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