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●A glorious car that represents Australian automotive history
●The supercar that came to Melbourne in 1969
●The pursuit of aerodynamic design and full of advanced equipment
●The biggest feature is the lift-open car compartment
At present, Australia no longer produces cars and almost relies on imports. However, several manufacturers have set up factories in Australia in the past, including Holden, a subsidiary of GM.
Holden is a large American automaker in Japan that manufactures right-hand drive vehicles. In the 1970s, it supplied vehicles to Mazda (the Premier that was the prototype of the Roadpacer) and Isuzu (Statesman De Ville), and has connections with Japan.
In addition to the local production of GM vehicles, it also develops its own vehicles and creates many very interesting models, such as the "Commodore" with an inconspicuous appearance but a built-in V8 engine.
Holden created the handsome "Hurricane" concept car in 1969. In addition to the model design, the way of opening and closing the cockpit is also very unique and futuristic.
Australia's Holden started its business as a harness manufacturer in the 19th century. It took the First World War as an opportunity to become a local manufacturer of Ford and GM. Before the Second World War, it was merged and incorporated into the GM Group.
Australia was originally a British colony (a penal colony to be precise). It is now a member of the British Commonwealth and is a right-hand drive. But in terms of car culture, it is more influenced by the United States, which is geographically closer. Although Australia has American-style cars, it still prefers smaller cars.
It is slightly larger in terms of Japanese specifications and equipped with a V8 engine, which is an Australian car, and this is also a feature of Holden models. Holden cars are like adding European cars, American cars and Japanese cars and dividing it by three.
Currently, both Toyota and Ford have stopped domestic production in Australia due to rising personnel costs and various factors. But today I still want to talk about the concept car "Hurricane" that symbolizes past glory.
The Hurricane was released at the 1969 Melbourne Motor Show. It adopted the design common to supercars from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, equipped with some advanced equipment and could actually drive.
The five-year restoration operation was completed in 2011, and its driving appearance was revealed again.
Hurricane adopts a typical wedge-shaped design, which was an advanced design at the time and was used in many supercars and concept cars.
But Hurricane is not only popular but also unique. The rear wheels are covered with fenders in pursuit of aerodynamic performance, the front hood adopts a design that appears to be protruding but is actually sunken, and the headlights are retractable headlights.
The mid-mounted 253 cubic inch (4,143cc) V8 engine can produce 262 horsepower. When the rear fairing is opened, the 0-400m acceleration is about 13 seconds.
The image tube display screen in the cockpit has a strong sense of age, and it is set up to compensate for the rear view. The car also has a magnetically controlled original navigation system buried in the road, which feels very much like a concept car.
Test drive videos from that time have also been preserved. If given the chance, the car would most likely go into mass production. However, in 1970, the relationship between the increasingly stringent exhaust regulations due to the US Air Pollution Act and the rise in oil prices during the first oil crisis changed. Difficult to achieve.
But the most distinctive feature of the Hurricane is the doors, not the supercar-style design or advanced electronic equipment. The car has a cabin structure in which the roof and front windshield rise together.
In the 1970s, a "Sterling Nova" assembled car with an upward lift and built on a Volkswagen chassis was also launched. This car may have been influenced by the Hurricane launched earlier and adopted this design.
Since it is integrated with the windshield, there is no A-pillar design. The front and side visibility is good, and the rear visibility can also be supplemented by the display screen. In addition to having no storage space, the practicality can be said to be quite high.
The cockpit lift switch is hydraulic, and the car is equipped with a hammer that can break the window to escape when it rolls over.
It is said that there are automatic locking seat belts and explosion-proof fuel tanks behind the seats to ensure the safety of the passengers. It is also equipped with a fire alarm device, allowing quick escape in the event of an accident, which improves vehicle safety.
It would be interesting to see this car go into series production, but it is currently being preserved as a piece of Australian automotive history.
Original source:``It's just huge'' Holden Hurricane Concept, a glorious car representing Australia[Pusher car]
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This post was last modified on December 21, 2023 7:44 am
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