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Date: 2017-12-05
RD 001, Concept Car, Holden Hurricane, Holden, Cars, Automotive,SXdrv,

RD 001, Concept Car, Holden Hurricane, Holden, Cars, Automotive,SXdrv,

RD 001, Concept Car, Holden Hurricane, Holden, Cars, Automotive,SXdrv,

RD 001, Concept Car, Holden Hurricane, Holden, Cars, Automotive,SXdrv,

Holden has gone back to the future, restoring its very first concept car – the 1969 Holden Hurricane. The futuristic research vehicle described as an experiment “to study design trend, propulsion systems and other long-range developments” has been restored to its former glory as a labour of love by a dedicated group of Holden designers and engineers.

Codenamed RD 001; the Hurricane is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car which incorporates a remarkable array of innovative features and technology, much of it way ahead of its time.

The Holden Hurricane’s V8 engine featured many advanced design components such as the four-barrel carburettor – a feature which wouldn’t be seen on a production 253ci Holden V8 until the late 1970s.

The end result was approximately 262 horsepower, a towering power output in 1969, and one that ensured the Holden Hurricane had the go to match its show.
The “Pathfinder”, essentially a pre-GPS navigation system, relied on a system of magnets embedded at intersections along the road network to guide the driver along the desired route.

A dash-mounted panel informed the driver of which turn to take by illuminating different arrows, as well as sounding a warning buzzer. The rear-view camera was also a ground-breaking innovation. The engineers used a Closed Circuit Television system with a camera mounted in the rear bumper feeding vision to a small black-and-white TV mounted in the centre console.

Very futuristic considering this was conceptualised nearly 50 years ago!

Be sure to take a look at the video below.


Article Tags: SXdrv Automotive Cars Holden Holden Hurricane Concept Car RD 001


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