Holden Efijy Concept

From Holden press: Holden Efijy Concept is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 Supercar power under the bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology throughout. The 'Soprano Purple' paintwork highlights its curvaceous 5.2-meter body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden. It delivers retro, mumbo and gizmos in one glorious package. Obviously not intended for production, Holden Efijy has been a passionate side project for some Holden Design team members otherwise dedicated to creating the all-new 2006 Commodore. A long-term dream for Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo, Holden Efijy brought together almost 20 suppliers to highlight the latest in mechanical, electronic and material products and ideas. Automotive excess pounds through a 480-kilowatt, supercharged six-liter V8 engine and air-adjustable shock absorbers through to a touch control LCD screen and fan-cooled LED headlamps. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, said the Holden Efijy project was a bold statement on the creative talent available within Holden's design ranks. Mr Mooney said the project was developed as a collaboration with suppliers which reduced impact on the company's heavy work schedule and ensured the highest possible quality result for the showcar.

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, it sends 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 legitimizing this form of automotive design in the mainstream."

The 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine has been supercharged and modified by Ron Harrop, well known throughout the Australian automotive and motorsport industry and an ex-FJ Holden racer. Driven by a Roots-type supercharger, the engine delivers peak power of 480kW (645 horsepower) at 6400rpm and peak torque of 775Nm (560 foot-pound) at 4200rpm. Such performance figures are equal to the stated output from 2005 Series V8 Supercars, and almost 11 times greater than the 45kW (60 horsepower) offered in the 1953 FJ Holden. Efijy's engine is mated to a rear-mounted four-speed automatic transmission featuring push button electronic control. Limited slip differential has been fitted for obvious reasons. The custom designed exhaust is a stainless steel 2.5-inch dual system with customized compact headers and billet aluminum exhaust tips. The power output is transferred to massive 22-inch by 10-inch billet aluminum 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 aluminum calipers at the front and four-piston aluminum calipers at the rear.

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