Holden hurricane concept car 1969




holden hurricane concept car 1969

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  • Компания Holden восстановила автомобиль Hurricane, который был впервые представлен в году. На его реставрацию было потрачено пять лет. Hurricane – это среднемоторное, заднеприводное купе, которое оснащалось экспериментальным мотором V8 объемом 4,2 литра, развивавшим лошадиные силы. Этот двигатель оснащался четырьмя карбюраторами и стал прототипом серийного мотора V8, который появился в гамме Holden после года. С нуля до ста километров в час концепт-кар разгонялся за 5,5 секунды. Максимальная скорость машины не уточняется.

    О концепте Holden Hurricane мы уже рассказывали, однако на днях австралийская компания объявила, что намерена возродить свой первый футуристический концепт-кар Hurricane RD , который так и не увидел серийного производства. Автомобиль вполне можно называть «машиной Бонда» или «автомобилем из далекого будущего», он располагал несколькими оригинальными элементами и технологиями в те времена. Например, взлетающая на гидравлике.

    The Holden Hurricane is a two-seat concept car built by Holden in The Hurricane was one of the most advanced vehicles for its time, with Holden describing it as a research vehicle, allowing them "to study design trends, propulsion systems and other long range developments". The Hurricane stood at just mm (39 in) tall and was powered by a mid-mounted high-compression litre Holden V8 engine, producing kW ( hp). The Hurricane did not feature conventional doors; instead, a.

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    И Бога не забыть благодарить За каждый нам подаренный рассвет. It was tight fit; the car was only mm But perhaps the two most innovative features were the "Pathfinder" route guidance system and the rear-view camera. The Hurricane sitting in its shipping crate was almost forgotten. Rear vision was provided by a TV screen in the console, connected to a wide-angle lens camera activated by the ignition.

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    Holden Hurricane () – Old Concept Cars

    Tuesday, 4th March, Among those assembled that day, there was great curiosity. After all, Holden — as a part of GM industrial empire — was only 21 years old it was independent before World War II , and its technical centre was only founded in Holden was a producer of staid family transportation, so what could be so top secret?

    What was revealed was a radical sports car and mid-engined research vehicle, about as far away from the Holden brief as could possibly be imagined. A low-slung wedge shape sat before the journalists. A new Holden V8, the 4. Instead of conventional doors, a canopy rose up, along with the seats.

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    One would step into the car and sit, then both seat and canopy would lower into position for driving. It was tight fit; the car was only mm Once settled in the cockpit, there were space-age features awaiting the driver: The camera was connected to a closed-circuit television screen in the centre console. When the Hurricane was presented to the public at the Melbourne Auto Show, it was a smash hit. The Hurricane was featured on the front page of every newspaper in the country.

    It would tour the Australian car shows that year before doing another tour of selected Holden dealers throughout the country. By then, the windscreen had cracked and the car was looking a little worse for wear. The Hurricane was packed up in its shipping crate and placed in a Holden Technical Centre warehouse to await repairs. Bill Mitchell, the Vice President of Design, was at the peak of his career and had a stable full of sharp designers who produced some remarkable results during the s.

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    Also like the Hurricane is that one entered the Astro by sitting on raised seats which then lowered with the canopy into a travelling position. The original designer of the Hurricane itself was a subject of debate for decades, as designers were travelling back and forth between Detroit and Australia.

    It seemed clear that early design development was done in Michigan, up to the development of the scale model, but who drew the first idea sketches? Motor Trend magazine in a article managed to have GM archivists dig up documents from both Michigan and Australia, and after an extensive search of photo records, found a signature on an early drawing: The designer apparently was Ken Genest, a Corvair stylist who was working in one of the GM advanced design studios.

    Soon, the drawings and model were on their way to Australia, to be developed by designer Don DaHarsh and his team over the next few months into the full-scale prototype that would be presented to the press late one summer morning in The wait turned out to be decades. The Hurricane sitting in its shipping crate was almost forgotten. It was nearly scrapped twice and suffered a couple of ill-advised restoration attempts in s and s.

    holden hurricane concept car 1969

    Finally, Holden deemed it worthy of an official restoration and in work began. It was one of the inspirations that led me to car design. It was a good thing too, as the Hurricane was in poor shape, to say the least. The epoxy body, despite being shut away, had not endured the decades well. But with resources available and news that the restoration was finally underway, personnel originally assigned to the project began to reappear to lend their experience and knowledge of the car.

    Don DaHarsh, long retired, emerged to give critical advice on the transformation from model to prototype — an extensive process that modified the original concept in significant ways. Original technical drawings and photographs were also consulted. Many parts were recreated using modern materials and techniques. The Holden Hurricane was an advanced design that may seem typical of the early wedge era, but actually preceded some of the classic designs of those years.

    1969 Holden Hurricane concept car - restored 2011



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