Wildcat, 1985 -- This spectacular red model incorporates four-wheel drive and a McLaren engine based on Buick's 3.8-liter V-6 block, mounted just behind the seats. The engine has 24 valves, dual overhead camshafts and field-programmable sequential-port fuel injection. Unlike other Buick dream cars, this one emphasized engine. The top of the powerplant is visible through an opening in the rear deck.
Besides an unusual aerodynamic design, the latter-day Wildcat features technical and design breakthroughs in joining the transparent and solid portions of the body. It has no traditional doors. As the canopy is raised, the steering wheel tilts forward for ease of entry. The body structure is composite carbon fiber and glass. This car, developed in cooperation with PPG Industries, was given the coveted 1986 award for prototype projects by the International Jury of the Car Design Award Turino-Piemonte, presented at the Turin (Italy) Auto Show.
Description: Two-passenger red concept car developed by Buick Special Products and GM Design Staff and in cooperation with PPG, Inc. Wildcat has an unusual profile that not only features a long rear deck, but also technical and design breakthroughs in joining the transparent and solid portions of the body. It has no traditional doors and as the canopy is raised, the steering wheel tilts upward for ease of entry. Owned by Buick Motor Division, Flint, Mich.
Key Features: Composite carbon fiber and glass body, V-6 engine with 24 valves and dual overhead camshafts, field-programmable sequential-port fuel injection, power adjustable driver's seat with inflatable lumbar and side supports, a transparent "head up" panel displays speed and gear selection, an array of electronics instrumentation showcased in the sculptured cockpit.
- Wheelbase: 102.00 in.
- Overall Length: 172.75 in.
- Height: 43.70 in.
- Width: 72.28 in.
- Weight: 2,910.00 lb.
- Type: 3.8L V-6
- Displacement: 231 cu.in.
- HP @ rpm: 230 @ 4000
Source: Buick Motor Division
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