Ford Indigo 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 performance.

Indigo-ProfileThe dynamic 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. Indigo-Front
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.

The engine/transaxle 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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