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Going 24-7 in the Four-Twelve

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The spectacular quad-turbo, V-12 powered, mid-engine Chrysler ME Four-Twelve super car is obviously designed for round-the-clock driving excitement. Considered to be the most advanced Chrysler ever built, the ME Four-Twelve adds a new aura of performance to the Chrysler brand.

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According to Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design, the idea for this super car was conceived as a spectacular follow-up to last year’s exciting Dodge Tomahawk. I wondered back then how long it would be for a car maker to top the Tomahawk – itself an exquisite piece of machinery (see September issue of Tomorrow’s Technician). From the looks of things, it appears the Four-Twelve not only tops the Tomahawk, but did it within only a year.

The ME Four-Twelve is expected to establish a real-world performance record for a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine super car. However, the real engineering feat was that it also may set a record for lightening-quick vehicle development. Working non-stop and taking less than one year to complete from start to finish, the Chrysler Group partnered with some of the best in the business to assist in its development.

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“The ME Four-Twelve has been one of the most closely guarded secrets, not only to the outside world but also within our organization,” Creed said.

Powerplant

The heart of the mid-engine (ME) Four-Twelve is an all-aluminum, 6.0L quad-turbo V-12 engine (hence the name Four-Twelve). Using an electronic sequential multipoint fuel injection and a 9.0:1 compression ratio, the ME Four-Twelve powerplant engine delivers 850 bhp @ 5750 rpm, with 850 lb-ft. (1150 N-m) of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm with premium unleaded fuel.

Betting that this machine will play comfortably in the super car league, the performance of the ME Four-Twelve is stunning. In Chrysler projections and modeling, the ME Four-Twelve goes from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds and it will blister through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 142.0 mph. The car has an estimated top speed of 248 mph.

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To reach these performance levels, Chrysler said a 7-speed Ricardo Double Clutch Transmission was developed specifically for this vehicle and features the latest double wet-clutch technology and electronic control strategy. The exclusive ME Four-Twelve transmission delivers uninterrupted torque to the rear wheels with 200 millisecond shift times.

Aerodynamics

At just 44.9 inches tall, 78.7 inches wide and 178.8-inches long, the two-seat, mid-engine ME Four-Twelve has a striking presence – poised as if ready to pounce. The ME Four-Twelve carbon fiber bodywork has that “chiseled all from one piece” look, honed from hours of development in the Chrysler Group wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, MI.

This also includes a computer controlled active rear spoiler articulates rearward 100 mm to increase down-force to a total of 925 lbs. at 186 mph, achieving a competitive coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.358, and resulting in unwavering stability at ultra-high speeds.

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So, will such a concept car get built? According to Chrysler officials, the green light is on. “In terms of advanced materials, aerodynamic efficiency and vehicle dynamic performance, the ME Four-Twelve represents the ultimate engineering and design statement from Chrysler,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, COO, Chrysler Group. “It’s not really a concept car but is, in fact, a prototype that will be road ready by summer.”

This is one sleek, stylish and desirable car from Chrysler. It’s a good guess that anyone who owns a Four-Twelve will want to stay on the roads 24-7.

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