Maxximus Prodigy Concept
The Maxximus Prodigy LNG is the first American Supercar built to run on liquid natural gas. It will be able to produce up to an estimated 2,000 HP and will go from 0-60 in 2 seconds. It’s been called a “Supercar with Rolls Royce refinement inside” by its designer. Not only can this clean car perform with little impact to the environment, its packed with driver friendly technology from McIntosh sound systems to a sophisitcated GPS system that will make it easier to find natural gas refueling stations.
-CNC billet block and billet heads
-Digital valve technology (no cam, no pushrods, no rockers, no lifters, less parasitic loss)
-4 valve per cylinder with liquid natural gas direct injection
-Runs on LNG, CNG and LPG with on-demand adjustment
-6 speed paddle gear shift box
-Hybrid all wheel drive system with in-line torque sensing technology
-Carbon fiber hybrid Chromalloy tubbed chassis
-117in wheel base
-Carbon ceramic brakes
-Ceramic wheel bearings
-All on board ride heights adjustable suspension with comfort control
-Driver recognitions technology for arming and disarming vehicle with bluetooth
-Integrated computer controlled front wing
-Macintosh audio system, 12 integrated speakers with MP3 input
-GPS with an integrated touch screen computer system
-Computer controlled climate control system
-Full custom interior with inlay carbon fiber or burled wood
-All carbon fiber body
About Marlon Kirby, designer: Marlon Kirby has vast experience building hot rods and high performance engines over many years for a variety of clients. One of his specialties is building stock spec Ultima GTR's. While working as a chauffeur, he met philanthropist and businessman Dr. David B. McMahan and the two discussed their love of fast cars and their shared dream of owning a one-of-a-kind car that was unique, street legal, and a record breaker. McMahan agreed to finance the building and design of the Maxximus G-Force, the first car Kirby would design completely from scratch. Since then, Kirby has designed the Maxximus LNG2000, the second generation of the G-Force powered by LNG. Additionally, a new line of supercars called Prodigy, also available in LNG, is also in development.
Maxximus Technologies was founded by Kirby in 2000, in Indianapolis, and for a few years, he worked on other people's cars. But Kirby never gave up on the idea of building a car of his own, a car that would show the world his skills as a designer. This was accomplished on Dec. 22, 2009 at the Palm Beach International Dragway, where the Maxximus, driven by top fuel drag racer Dominic Lagana broke four world records, and previously on October ih 2008 at the Rockingham NC Raceway, where the car, driven by Kirby, broke three world records. Kirby began his designs for the Maxximus on paper, working out various problems in his mind. To transform an Ultima GTR into a Maxximus, one must press the reset button on the entire drivetrain and a good portion of the chassis. This is no easy task, requiring hundreds of hours of custom fabrication because the ease of using a Porsche G-50 transmission is no longer an option. A further challenge involved moving the engine to sit in further on the chassis. This is necessary in order for the Maxximus to harness over 2,700 hp, something the stock Ultima GTR chassis and drive train are not capable of handling. Countless hours of testing in the Aerodyne Wind Tunnel in Mooresville, NC, make it more aerodynamically stable. About a dozen people with different specializations worked on reengineering and re-designing the car in California and Indiana over a period of two years. Kirby's low profile and relative obscurity enabled him to keep his design a secret.
Kirby is now working on taking his current technology to the next level by developing a liquid natural gas fuel system for automobiles. The technology will be more efficient, more economical and a "greener" way of transportation that with allow American made vehicles to reach a higher standard of cleaner operation.
Source: Maxximus press