AutoWeek reports that the Chrysler Patriot on the show circuit was just that. A show car. The photos of it running on a test track were made by pushing or pulling it around a track with another vehicle and then letting it coast. But, a...
AutoWeek reports that the Chrysler Patriot on the show circuit was just that. A show car. The photos of it running on a test track were made by pushing or pulling it around a track with another vehicle and then letting it coast.
But, a second, working, Patriot is underway. Powertrain to be dyno tested about July 1. Powertrain installed in chassis on September 1. This will be followed by shakedown runs at Chrysler's Chelsea, Michigan, proving grounds and this followed by testing at race tracks. Included in the testing will be a 24-hour run in December. Driver selection is said to be underway.
A decision to race in the 1995 24-hours of Le Mans will be made at the end of December and announced at the Detroit Autoshow in January.
Computer simulations and wind-tunnel tests have led to changes in the car. The new car will be lighter and handle more like a mid-engined racer. A smaller flywheel battery will be used. Battery, control unit, and turbo alternator will be moved forward in the chassis. The Patriot Mark II (as its called) will have a transverse transmission with integrated traction motor as opposed to a longitudinal gearbox with the traction motor trailing off the back of the car.
Cooling of the electrical components (capable of lighting a 100-home subdivision) will be done by three seperate cooling systems, all with their radiators in the front of the car.
SatCon Technology is taking a larger role in producing the Patriot. Engineers from Chrysler Lamborghini F1 program are now working on the Patriot.
Francois Castaing, Chrysler's VP of vehicle engineering, stated that one of the reasons for Chrysler's invlovement in the project is the US government/Big Three "Supercar" program.
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