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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Holden Retro Magic Touch

~HOTROD Today~ A concept car creation has a number of purposes, including could be a place for designers to freely express their imagination without any practical limitations, to contribute to the creation of a new technology that finally found a solution for any vehicle that can be used someday.
The 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: GM Holden)
Back to the Past but not Coming from the Past, perhaps it is to be conveyed by Holden when launching a concept car named the Holden EFIJY Concept, the car is said to be a modern hot rod interpretation inspired by one of Australia's most famous car on the past, the
Holden FJ of the 1953 and launched for the first time at the Sydney Motor Show in October 2005.
The Holden’s handbuilt EFIJY hot rod has taken the top spot in America’s 2007 concept car awards. (Picture from: WallpaperVista)
It's appeared under a special soprano purple paintwork which has multiple layers of translucent pigmented topcoats to create and riches the deep effect to highlights the 5.2-meter lengthed curvaceous body of the classic car, to reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic Holden FJ. Furthermore to maximize its authentic look, all the shiny parts of the concept vehicle are made of handcrafted aluminum billet and as You could be seen clearly on the FJ's signature stunning front grille finish.
The Holden’s handbuilt EFIJY Concept posed along with Richard Ferlazzo during the 2007 North American International Auto Show. (Picture from: The New York Times).
Although it appears in a thick classic touch, it does not mean that this car is not equipped with modern and sophisticated features. As You can see, there's a proximity sensor to open the door automatically as the driver approaches. While inside the EFIJY's cabin was revealing deep cream genuine leather twin classical seats equipped with integral belts, the folded-out touch screen LCD under a retro radio style to control many fuctions such as the adjusters to car's suspention and seat, entertainment systems, navigaton, etc.
The Holden’s handbuilt EFIJY hot rod while sat on display at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. (Picture from: Wikiwand)
And behind the steeringwheel all are set in the body-coloured metal dash as the 1950s FJ's typical style there're a digital speedometer, color-coded tachometer. 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.
The Holden’s handbuilt EFIJY's gorgeous appearance could be more exposured through an adjusted air suspension system. (Picture from: GoAuto)
The EFIJY’s gorgeous appearance could be more exposured through an adjusted air suspension system. Only by a single touch of the LCD screen, it can hunker down to just 27 millimetres from the ground or rise to a more practical drive height. The use of LED headlights and taillights controlled by independent applications inside the car, including high beam and sill plate illumination lights with some of them have dual filament, so allowing them to emit different colors depends on the application.
The EFIJY's interior with a mix of classic-luxurious feel with a touch of today's technology seemed pinned into the concept. (Picture from: CarBodyDesign)
As mentioned before, although the car looks very strong under the 1950s retro theme, but still brought the touch of futuristic styles. As the result, the EFIJY Concept designed by the Australian automaker company in 2005 and has toured all over the world since then. To strengthed its classical and radical coupe looks, the EFIJY is powered by a supercharged six-litre V8 Corvette's engine under the hood.
The EFIJY Concept's lights are 100% using only LED’s and several are dual filament, allowing them to emit different colors depending on the application. (Picture from: CarBodyDesign)
As driven by a Roots-type supercharger, the engine delivers peak power of 480 kW (645 hp) at 6,400 rpm and torque of 775 Nm (560 ft-lbs) at 4,200 rpm. Such performance figures are equal to the output power spew out by another supercars at the time, and almost 11 times greater than the 45 kW (60 hp) offered by the original Holden FJ back in the 1953.
The EFIJY Concept is powered by a supercharged 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine and modified by a well known mechanic throughout the Australian automotive and motorsport industry and an ex-FJ Holden racer named Ron Harrop. (Picture from: DieselStation)
The EFIJY’s engine is mated to a rear-mounted four-speed automatic transmission featuring push button electronic control and also 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.
The Holden EFIJY Concept is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 Supercar power under the bonnet and based on Chevrolet Corvette underbody. (Picture from: CarBodyDesign)
The engine 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.
As said by Richard Ferlazzo, the Holden's Chief Designer, the EFIJY was made by the Australian automaker to commemorate the 50th FJ's Anniversary so to realize it then the company invited almost 20 suppliers with the latest in mechanical, electronic and material products and ideas. Unfortunately the one-off won't ever hit showrooms as a production model and ended as the Holden's show car only and nowdays You could be seen it sat on display at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia.🤗*** [EKA [25072013] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GM HOLDEN | STUFF.CO.NZ | CAR BODY DESIGN | THE NEW YORK TIMES | GOAUTO ]
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