1969 Holden Hurricane restored - First Holden Concept car

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  1. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    The project to restore the 42-year-old Hurricane concept began five years ago as a labour of love by a group of Holden workers. The process has been primarily driven by engineers and designers volunteering their spare time.

    Now completely restored, the Holden Hurricane will be displayed at Motorclassica at the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building from October 21-23.

    Codenamed RD 001, the Hurricane was a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive two-seater sports car. It was powered by a 253 cubic inch (4.2-litre) Holden V8 engine with around 193kW of power – a whopping figure for its day.

    The Hurricane was a truly futuristic concept decades ahead of its time. It showcased some features only becoming standard in today’s cars.

    Among the most revolutionary features were the digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature-control air conditioning, inertia-reel seatbelts, metallic paint, rear-view camera and the ‘Pathfinder’ system – an early form of in-car navigation.

    Pathfinder used a system of magnets embedded at intersections to guide drivers on their desired path. A panel on the dash told the driver which way to turn by illuminating arrows and sounding a buzzer.

    The rear-view camera used a closed circuit television (CCTV) system, incorporating a camera in the rear bumper and a small black and white TV in the centre console.

    The initial design and engineering team was handpicked and sworn to secrecy while developing the Hurricane concept at Fishermans Bend during the 1960s.

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  2. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

    Apr 22, 2011
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    thats a sick design :D
  3. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    they never produced this one
  4. singh-a-lion

    singh-a-lion Super Moderator

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Dey will produce tusnami Coz huricane is old word of distruction
  5. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

    Apr 26, 2011
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    ^^ haha :D,

    this car is genesis...people in those days also started designing stuff like this..which is possibly why it resembles the supercars of today, the planted an idea..and its grown into a majestic tree, but taking its case was undoubtedly the one car that really started off the mid engined design, the lambo miura..we are where we are today because of them...people ready to innovate and try new ideas,
    the miura was designed by a team of seven engineers all aged under the ages of 26 and the completed design and details within 6 weeks...thats nothing short of a miracle by todays standards..

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