June 23, 2009,
Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is temporarily spotlighting two of Chrysler Group LLC’s most iconic concept vehicle models – the Dodge Tomahawk and two Chrysler ME Four-Twelves. All three are on exhibit through Sunday, July 26 at the Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Roaring into public view at the 2003 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Tomahawk represents a whole new type of invention. The four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle combines art-deco styling with extreme engineering. The Tomahawk’s sleek, rolling lines illustrate what creative minds can do when given the opportunity to run free.
The Viper-powered work of art features a 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine and dual rear wheels to give the radical vehicle a potential top speed of nearly 400 miles per hour.
The ME Four-Twelve debuted at NAIAS to great fanfare the following year, making as much an engineering as a design statement. The Museum is exhibiting the flat black painted model that withstood extensive performance testing along with the silver exterior show car that toured the country.
The quad-turbo, V-12 powered, mid-engine super car with rear-wheel drive – the most advanced Chrysler had built to date – was remarkably completed in less than one year from start to finish. The two-seater features a carbon fiber body with a “chiseled all from one piece” look. All body openings are optimized to achieve maximum thermal performance. The heart of the ME Four-Twelve is its all-aluminum, quad-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
The Dodge Tomahawk and Chrysler ME Four-Twelve join two celebrated Jeep® vehicles also on temporary exhibit at the Museum through July 26: the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon featured in Paramount Pictures’, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that co-starred in the Paramount release, Sahara
The specialty vehicles are available for after hours viewing during the Museum’s fourth annual Cruise Nights summer series on Thursday, June 25 and July 9 and 23. Visitors can tour the Museum from 6 – 9 p.m. on these evenings at the reduced rate of $1 for children 6 – 12 and $2 for adults.
The Museum is located at the corner of Featherstone and Squirrel Rds., in Auburn Hills, at the southeast corner of the Chrysler complex, located at exit 78 off I-75.
The Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children ages 6 – 12. Children five and under are admitted free.
For additional information, visit the Museum’s new Web site at www.wpchryslermuseum.org
or call 248-944-0001.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation is a nonprofit, independent public organization – as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code – effective February 1, 2008, the date of incorporation.
The Museum relies on income from admissions, our gift shop, facility rentals and programs and accepts monetary donations with all contributions tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of The Chrysler Foundation.