Jeep Hurricane

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The Jeep Hurricane at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show.

The Jeep Hurricane is a concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by Jeep, a subsidiary of Daimler-Chrysler. The Hurricane's one-piece body is composed largely of light-weight structural carbon fiber.[1] 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. The Hurricane features a MillenWorks designed four-wheel steering system that allows the Hurricane to move sideways.[2][3] The Hurricane maintains Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille. Its principal exterior designer was Aaron Pizzuti.[4] The concept went on to win IDEA Silver Award[5], a Popular Science "Best of what's new" award[6],and an AutoWeek Editor's Choice award in the "Most Fun" category.[7]

Future Development

The Jeep Hurricane at the 2006 LA Auto Show
The Jeep Hurricane at the 2005 NAIAS

The Hurricane won Autoweek magazine’s “Most Fun” Concept award at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. It is not expected to be a production vehicle in the near future. However, many patents were secured in the Hurricane’s development. Many of its new technologies are expected to show up in Chrysler’s Jeep models soon.[8]


  • 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