concept sports car.
Ford Motor Company and Indy car technologies blend their materials,
construction, design and aerodynamics into a two-passenger, V-12
powered, street-legal sports car of radical design and maximum
exterior design of the Indigo, with its angular body panels, sweeping
front and rear wings and underbody diffuser, should help the car corner
at lateral accelerations in excess of 1.2g.
The 6.0 liter, 48-valve, V-12 engine is derived from the 3.0 liter Duratec
V-6, which had been developed for the 1996 Taurus and Sable. It generates
more than 435 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 405 foot-pounds of torque and
5250 rpm to deliver 0-60 mph times in 4.0 seconds.
The Indigo's V-12 engine
is mated to a modified six-speed Reynard Indy car transaxle. Gears are
shifted hydraulically by pressing buttons on the steering wheel, a typical
feature on Formula One cars.
and both front and rear suspension are mounted directly to the chassis,
which, in typical Indy Car fashion, consists of carbon a fiber/aluminum
honeycomb. The front and rear suspension are also identical to those on
Indy cars: double wishbones with push-rod activated coil-over shocks.
Exterior carbon fiber
and glass fiber body panels with Nomex honeycomb help reduce Indigo's
weight to 2,300 pounds, while still surrounding the racing-style cockpit
in a saftey cell-like structure.
High-intensity lighting, racing-style seats with four-point harness systems,
and massive Brembo-ventilated disk brakes on all four wheels also contribute
to the Indigo's safety and handling characteristics.
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