The future from Down Under [PIC]
The futuristic Holden Hurricane of 1969 was actually a working beauty stock full of innovations and some serious fire power. It's mid-engined 253cid V8 put out 262 hp. The height of the car was an inch shorter than the Ford GT40 but much more comfortable.To enter the car, the whole roof and hood sans fenders opened forward as the steering wheel also moved and the seats came erect. Once seated, as the top closed, the seats went to a semi-reclining position and the steering wheel moved back to the driver. Rear vision was via a wide angle CCTV system that projected B&W images on the CRT monitor on the dash.
It was automatically climate controlled and even had a pre-GPS trip guidance system tha t red magnets and reported directional changes with arrows and beeps.Safety innovations included a foam-lined fuel tank, integrated roll-over bar, digital instrument readouts, ignition safety locks, interior padding and a fire warning system.
The model is by Apex Replicas which I assumed was an obscure start-up. It turns out they have produced about 120 different models of Aussie race cars and have recently merged with Biante.