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How the Jeep Hurricane Works

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Jeep Hurricane Performance
Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler

You won't find many luxury features in the Jeep Hurricane. It was crafted to be a vehicle concerned only with performance. The one-piece body is made of light-weight structural carbon fiber, which offers amazing rigidity for its strength. That strength allows the body to serve as the chassis, instead of using a traditional frame. All the engine, transfer case, and suspension components are mounted directly to the body. The Hurricane's skid plate is an aluminum spine that also connects the body/chassis to the underside of the vehicle.

Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler
Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler

There's only enough room inside for two, and they'll be getting into the Hurricane "Dukes of Hazzard" style -- there aren't any doors (nor is there a roof, for that mater, other than some protective bars). Once inside, much of the carbon-fiber chassis is exposed, although the polished aluminum accents make the dashboard look futuristic instead of rustic.

The engineers at Chrysler set out to make the ultimate off-road vehicle. Even though there won't be production Hurricanes, they did build a fully functioning prototype, and Chrysler secured several patents while developing the Hurricane. Now that they know how well these systems work, Jeep Hurricane technology could be showing up on the Jeep showroom floor in the near future.

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