TOMAHAWK: BREAKING BOUNDARIES AT FULL THROTTLE
Life just got more extreme. Much more extreme.
The Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk concept vehicle, revealed by the Chrysler Group at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, 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 420 miles per hour – for anyone who wants to test it.
“The Dodge brand philosophy always challenges us to grab life by the horns,” said British-born Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler Group, as the Tomahawk roared into view.
“In the case of Tomahawk, grabbing and holding onto anything for dear life is a necessity. It’s just that extreme and passionate; a glimpse into the soul and commitment of true enthusiasts.”
Initial reaction to the concept vehicle typically comes in two words: “Wow!” and “why?”
The “wow” is easy to understand from Chrysler Group, with a brand like Dodge that continues to drive its foot to the floor – most recently with the all-new 2003 Viper sports car – dedicated to engineering the most powerful production vehicles.
But “why” would a company, famous for its innovative car and truck designs, go down this particular path?
“Tomahawk is an icon of the extreme thinking for a brand that is known not only for the legendary Viper and Ram truck but also for all new, innovative vehicles such as the Magnum SRT-8 and Durango concepts,” said Creed.
That extreme thinking produced a machine in the true tradition of power-junkie passion, powered by an 8300 cc (505 cu.in.) aluminum Viper V-10 engine.
“This is a bold-faced slap against mediocrity,” 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 Concept Preliminary Specifications:
Engine: 505 cu. in./8300 cc Aluminum Viper V-10 engine
Suspension: Four-wheel independent suspension
Horsepower/Torque: 500 hp/525 lb.ft. of torque
Estimated Top Speed: Potentially 420 mph
Style: Single rider
(Original text from 6 January 2003)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.