The concept car has a number of purposes, including could be an expression container of the designer to freely indulge their imagination, no practical limitations, to contribute to the creation of a new technology that finally found a solution for any vehicle that can be used every day.
Back to the Past but not Coming from the Past, perhaps it is to be conveyed by Holden when launching a concept car named 'EFIJY Concept', a modern hot rod interpretation inspired by one of Australia's most famous car, the 1953 FJ Holden.
|EFIJY is all about fun, emotion and imagination. It shows what a bunch of clever and talented design people can do when they are let loose to create something really wild. (Picture from: http://www.holden.com.au/)|
The Soprano Purple paint has multiple layers of translucent pigmented topcoats which creates the rich, deep effect and highlights its curvaceous 5.2-metre body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden. All brightwork on the vehicle is hand-made billet aluminium to maximise its authentic look, nowhere more evident than the stunning grill salute to FJ’s distinctive front.
|Holden’s handbuilt EFIJY hot rod has taken the top spot in America’s 2007 concept car awards. (Picture from: http://www.design-moderne.com/)|
A proximity sensor opens the door automatically as the driver approaches, revealing deep cream leather twin tombstone-shaped seats equipped with integral belts. The drop-down, touch control LCD screen and an instrument cluster glowing with the number ‘53’– another FJ gesture – are set in the body-coloured metal dash and pulsate with a radiogram retro orange glow.
|Interior with a mix of classic-luxurious feel with a touch of today's technology seemed united in EFIJY Concept. (Picture from: http://collectionofawesome.com/)|
There are pearlescent, Bakelite-look push button controls for the electronic automatic transmission and the hard curved floor is finished in figured maple timber veneer with aluminium inserts. EFIJY’s prowling appearance can be accentuated by the air-adjustable suspension. At the touch an LCD screen, At a touch of the LCD screen, EFIJY can hunker down to just 27 millimetres from the ground or rise to a more practical drive height. The use of LED headlights and tail lights is accompanied by liberal LED applications inside the vehicle, including courtesy lamps and sill plate illumination lamps. Several are dual filament, allowing them to throw different colors depending on the application.
|The EFIJY Concept's lights are 100% using only LED’s and several are dual filament, allowing them to throw different colors depending on the application. (Picture from: http://blog.thecar.com.my/)|
|The 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine has been supercharged and modified by Ron Harrop, well known throughout the Australian automotive and motorsport industry and an ex-FJ Holden racer. (Picture from: http://www.dieselstation.com/)|
Driven by a Roots-type supercharger, the engine delivers peak power of 480 kW (645 hp) at 6,400 rpm and peak torque of 775 Nm (560 foot-pound) at 4,200 rpm. Such performance figures are equal to the stated output from another supercars, and almost 11 times greater than the 45 kW (60 hp) offered in the 1953 FJ Holden.
EFIJY’s engine is mated to a rear-mounted four-speed automatic transmission featuring push button electronic control. Limited slip differential has been fitted for obvious reasons. The custom designed exhaust is a stainless steel 2.5-inch dual system with customised compact headers and billet aluminium exhaust tips.
|EFIJY is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 Supercar power under the bonnet and based on Chevrolet Corvette underbody. (Picture from: http://www.design-moderne.com/)|
The power output is transferred to massive 22-inch by 10-inch billet aluminium wheels with fluting which echoes the FJ’s more modest original 15-inch by 4-inch wheels. Reflecting its street sled heritage, the front wheels are 20-inch by 9-inch. The brakes feature 381mm (15-inch) grooved and ventilated rotors front and rear, combined with six-piston aluminium calipers at the front and four-piston aluminium calipers at the rear.