Unveiled in 2003 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the Dodge Tomahawk Concept quickly gained attention for its unique design and impressive performance capabilities. One of its most striking aspects was the vehicle’s use of the Dodge Viper’s 8.3-liter (505 cubic-inch) VIPER V-10 engine.
The VIPER V-10 produced 500 horsepower (370 kW) and 525 lb.-ft. (712 Nm) of torque, which was transmitted to the rear wheels via a two-speed manual transmission. The massive V-10 engine gave the Tomahawk an impressive power-to-weight ratio, which contributed to its impressive performance capabilities.
Dodge press releases and spokespeople gave various hypothetical top speeds ranging from 300 mph (480 km/h) to as high as 420 mph (680 km/h), which analysts thought were probably calculated with horsepower and final drive ratio alone, without accounting for drag, rolling resistance, and stability.
It’s design was the work of Chrysler designer Mark Walters. Once his design was approved, the engineering and fabrication for the original concept was sent to RM Motorsports, a specialty shop in Wixom, Michigan, that specializes in fabricating one-of-a-kind parts for rare and vintage race cars.
Walters’ early sketches had a front suspension that looked something like an Elf-Honda racing motorcycle’s hub-center steering, but RM Motorsports designed a new, patented front- and rear-swingarm suspension that allows both parallel wheels to lean together, keeping all four in contact with the ground and allowing countersteering.
Using a front suspension system used outboard, single-sided parallel upper and lower control arms made from polished billet aluminum. These arms were mounted via a ball joint to aluminum steering uprights and hubs, and had a 5-degree caster angle. The system also featured a single, fully adjustable centrally located coil-over damper with a 2.25-inch coil and adjustable spring perch, as well as a pullrod and rocker-actuated mono linkage.
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