Holden Efijy Concept is a abolitionist pillarless custom auto boasting V8 Supercar adeptness beneath the bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and advanced automotive technology throughout. The 'Soprano Purple' paintwork highlights its curvaceous 5.2-metre body, reinterpreting the archetypal architecture cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden. It delivers retro, mumbo and gizmos in one august package. Obviously not advised for production, Holden Efijy has been a amorous ancillary activity for some Holden Architecture aggregation associates contrarily committed to creating the all-new 2006 Commodore. A abiding dream for Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo, Holden Efijy brought calm about 20 suppliers to highlight the latest in mechanical, cyberbanking and actual articles and ideas. Automotive balance pounds through a 480-kilowatt, supercharged six-litre V8 engine and air-adjustable shock absorbers through to a blow ascendancy LCD awning and fan-cooled LED headlamps. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, said the Holden Efijy activity was a adventurous account on the artistic aptitude accessible aural Holden's architecture ranks. Mr Mooney said the activity was developed as a accord with suppliers which bargain appulse on the company's abundant plan agenda and ensured the accomplished accessible superior aftereffect for the showcar.
"Efijy is all about fun, affect and imagination. It shows what a agglomeration of able and accomplished architecture humans can do if they are let apart to actualize something absolutely wild," Mr Mooney said. "This year was a absurd befalling for us to actualize something which highlights our designers' adeptness and versatility. Efijy is abiding to arm-twist altered memories for anybody who sees it. Humans ability focus on the FJ links, the august custom coupes of the 1930s or the abundant architecture ability of the 1950s."
Holden Chief Designer and Holden Efijy project leader Richard Ferlazzo, who sketched the first Efijy designs in 1989 and is a long-time custom car fanatic, said the car existed purely for automotive entertainment. "Invariably, people smile when they see it for the first time. Holden Efijy is our accolade to the talented designers who cut loose with some fantastically flamboyant styling in the post-war 1940s and 1950s," Ferlazzo said. "Ask the question, 'what would these people have created using all the skill sets and technology we have now', and Holden Efijy might be the all-Australian answer to that question. Efijy is also aimed at the legions of custom car and hot rod enthusiasts out there whose appetites aren't generally met in the concept car arena. Most importantly, itsends the message that the same people who have sensible day jobs designing entirely practical cars have the passion and inspiration to create something as outrageous as Efijy. We're all car nuts together and the fact that Holden Efijy stands on our Sydney motorshow stand goes some way to legitimising this form of automotive design in the mainstream."
Exterior and interior highlights
The design team has cleverly incorporated FJ design cues into Efijy's radicalcustom coupe body, acknowledging the most important aspects of the iconic 1953 release. The famously familiar FJ grille looms larger than life, fronting a low, wide and handsome body extravagantly elongated and brimming with retro chic style. The Corvette rolling chassis was lengthened to accommodate the Holden Efijy body, which is more than 700 millimetres longer than the FJ by which it was inspired. The Soprano Purple paint has multiple layers of translucent pigmented topcoats which creates the rich, deep effect. 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. 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. 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, Holden 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. Like any great showcar, Holden Efijy Concept is stocked with a cutting edge entertainment system featuring hard drive audio and video storage driven through a major amplifier and speaker setup.
o Length: 5162 mm
o Width: 1999 mm
o Height - drive setting: 1386 mm
o Height - show setting: 1274 mm
o Ground clearance - drive: 139 mm
o Ground clearance - show: 27 mm
o Track front: 1640 mm
o Track rear: 1660 mm
o Wheelbase: 2946 mm
o Engine: GM 6.0-litre, LS2 aluminium V8 with Roots-type supercharger
o Bore and stroke: 101.6 mm x 92.0 mm
o Compression ratio: 10.9:1
o Power and torque: 480kW (645 bhp) @ 6400 rpm
o Torque: 775Nm (560 ft/lb) @ 4200 rpm
• Exhaust: Custom designed, block hugger headers, stainless steel 2.5-inch dual system, billet aluminium exhaust tips
• Transaxle: GM four-speed electronic automatic transmission, push button electronic control, limited slip differential