Nice Wheels…? Dodge Tomahawk
OK, I wasn’t sure where to place this as it isn’t really a car (despite having four wheels) and it isn’t really a bike (despite the design and riding position)…wait, who cares!? It is fucken awesome!!! This came from back in 2003, and I have whittled a lot of the things out of the article we just don’t care about (like sprocket size, tyres blah blah blah)…
The Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk concept vehicle shatters all the barriers of conventional thinking about personal transportation. This four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle is a sleek, rolling sculpture that combines art-deco styling with extreme engineering.
The 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine powering the dual rear wheels gives this radical vehicle a potential top speed of nearly 400 miles per hour – for anyone who wants to test it.
Initial reaction to the concept vehicle typically comes in two words: “Wow” and “why.”
That extreme thinking produced a machine in the true tradition of power-junkie passion, powered by a 505 cu. in., 8300 cc aluminum Viper V-10 engine.
“This is a bold faced slap against mediocrity,” (ya think!?) Creed said. “Tomahawk is a scintillating example of what creative minds can do when given the opportunity to run free. It is a pure mechanical sculpture and a joyous celebration of the artistry and emotion of design.”
The Dodge Tomahawk is a Chrysler Group design concept that is as much a Viper-powered work of art as it is a whole new type of vehicle invention. It is both a sculpture that can be ridden, as well as a bold statement about the Chrysler Group’s enthusiast culture and passion for design.
“Tomahawk moves design concept introductions and the concept car game to a whole new level – as only Dodge and the Chrysler Group can,” said Creed.
Dodge Tomahawk Preliminary Specifications
Overall Length: 102 inches
Overall Width: 27.7 inches
Overall Height: 36.9 inches
Curb Weight: 1,500 lbs.
Ground Clearance: 3 inches
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.25 gallons
ENGINE: 8.3-LITER, OHV, 20-VALVE SMPI V-10
Type and Description: 10-cylinder 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 505 cubic inches (8277 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.03 inches x 3.96 inches (102.4 x 100.6)
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Power (SAE net): 500 bhp (372 kW) @ 5600 rpm (60.4 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 525 lb.-ft. (712 Nom) @ 4200 rpm
Max Engine Speed: 6000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: Manual, foot-shifted two-speed
Type: Aluminum-cased two-speed, sequential racing-style with dog ring, straight-cut gears
Clutch: Double-disc, dry-plate with organic friction materials, hand lever actuated with assist
Layout: Longitudinal, centrally mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Chassis Construction: Monocoque, engine is central, stressed member
Body Construction: Billet aluminum
Front: Outboard, single-sided parallel upper and lower control arms made from polished billet aluminum.
Rear: Hand-fabricated box-section steel inboard swing arms, incorporating “hydral-link” lockable recirculating hydraulic circuit parking stand. Single fully adjustable centrally located Koni coil-over damper
Type and Material: Billet aluminum discs, asymmetrical
Size, Front (2): 20×4
Size, Rear (2): 20×5
Front: 20-inch perimeter-mounted drilled machined stainless steel rotors, one per wheel. Two four-piston fixed aluminum calipers per wheel (16 pistons total), custom designed. Blue anodized caliper finish. Hand-activated.
Rear: 20-inch perimeter-mounted drilled cast-iron rotors, one per wheel. One four-piston fixed aluminum caliper per wheel (8 pistons total), custom designed. Blue anodized caliper finish. Foot-activated.
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 300+ mph (est.)