(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
A sprint to 100 kilometers per hour in about six seconds, top speed
greater than 225 kilometers per hour, a six-speed manual transmission,
rear-wheel drive and an engine displacement of 2.4 litres. These
specifications can only mean one thing -- less weight, more fun.
Unveiled at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit,
the Dodge Razor concept car embodies the purest of sports coupe design:
aspirational, emotional and inspirational. Through efficient design,
Dodge Razor cuts right to what is vital for enhanced driving pleasure.
The Dodge Razor concept car is a joint effort between the Chrysler Group
design studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Carlsbad, California.
Dodge Razor's exterior was developed by Akino Tsuchiya and Kevin Verduyn,
while its interior was executed by Chris Schuttera and John Sodano. They
were inspired by classic European sports cars of the 1960s, which
brought a modern minimalist design philosophy to the project. Searching
for a name that reflected the car's energy and attitude, the Chrysler
Group approached Razor USA to form a licensing partnership with the
trendsetting and youthful Razor brand.
"Dodge Razor has a simple shape with every line offering an abundance of
emotion and purpose," said Tsuchiya. "Razor's dramatic proportions
scream 'I'm bold, I'm powerful, I'm Dodge'. The in-your-face 'Orange
Slice' body colour reflects the same attitude." Adds Verduyn: "Working
off an all-new platform, we could create extreme proportions. The long
hood, high sills, wide body, narrow greenhouse and low centre of gravity
all indicate secure, protective performance."
To keep the Dodge Razor affordable should it ever reach production, many
"off-the-shelf" corporate suspension and underbody components were used.
While the six-speed manual transmission was developed in Stuttgart,
Germany, the engine is an upgraded version of Chrysler Group's 2.4-litre
four-cylinder, now with a turbocharger and intercooler. The engine
develops 187 kW (250 bhp) and 312 Nm (230 lb.-ft.) of torque. Aimed at
young driving enthusiasts, the Razor concept was designed with a
targeted sticker price of $14,500 within the USA.
Reflecting the design attitude of the popular Razor kick scooter, the
design of the Dodge Razor suggests forward motion even when the concept
is parked on an auto show turntable. It seems to be leaping ahead with
its rear wheels larger than the already massive front wheels. Its
signature Dodge crosshair grille sits solidly on the front spoiler,
while the exhaust tips are incorporated into the rear air deflector.
"We are proud to join forces with the Chrysler Group on a car that
complements Razor's lineup of youthful, high-tech products," said
Carlton Calvin, president of Razor USA LLC. "The Razor philosophy is
about revolutionizing classic products with beautiful design and
technological innovation, and we are thrilled to see a similar
philosophy reflected in the Dodge Razor."
True to minimalist form, Dodge Razor's only ornamentations are the
chrome bumpers, the racing-style billet-aluminium fuel-filler cap, the
classic door handles and mirrors and the jewel-like lamp design. "This
project really is about the power of austerity and purity," said Verduyn.
The same holds true for the interior. It offers the necessities for
driving, nothing more. No power windows or mirrors, no radio or leather
power seats, no frills whatsoever. Dodge Razor offers its two occupants
lightweight, competition-style seats, four-point racing harnesses,
storage behind their seats and the pure joy of driving. "Razor's
interior is like a clean canvas. Our vision is that you would be able to
get additional features through MOPAR to paint your ideal driving
setting," said interior designer Schuttera.
The Dodge Razor's instrument cluster has an integrated
tachometer/speedometer with analogue reading of the revs and a digital
read-out of the speed. This compact unit is flanked by easy-to-read
gauges for temperature/oil pressure and fuel/battery. The interior is
finished in body colour and extruded aluminium. "We feel passionate
about keeping it simple and honest," said Sodano. "Razor has a focused
driver's interior, enhancing the experience of raw power as only a
sports car can."
Packaged with the most necessary performance tools and functions,
including two orange Razor scooters, and providing customers the
opportunity to make its interior entirely their own, Dodge Razor offers
driving excitement to go.