MAKE/MODEL


YEAR


CARS

CONCEPT CARS

SUVS

CONCEPT SUVS

-
DIVIDER_large
www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from cartype.com. Make your own badge here.
DIVIDER_large
Cartype on Kindle
DIVIDER_large
CT-TV
DIVIDER_large
Cartype on Twitter

RSS RSS FEEDS

Subscribe to our web feeds:

 
 

Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod : 2007

Filed under:  Green
 
Comment(s): 1
 
 
MSRP Engine HP Manufactured
n/a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec 500.0 n/a
View all cars for:  Chevrolet

Search for Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod : 2007 on: eBay

With a 500-horsepower engine, a channeled body and a chopped top, GM’s custom street rod looks right at home on the salt flats of Bonneville. But instead of a traditional gasoline V-8, this ’34 Chevy replica rod sports a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine that runs on E85 ethanol. Appropriately, it has been dubbed the FlexFuel Chevy Hot Rod.


chevrolet flexfuel hotrod fs1

2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod. (photo: Chevy)

“Since the 1930"s, hot rods have embodied American ingenuity, aesthetic flair and the quest for performance," said Bryan Nesbitt, vice-president of General Motors North American Design. "The ethanol Hot Rod is a modern statement that today's hot rodder can address energy concerns about the consumption of petroleum without sacrificing performance or style.”

The car’s low-slung stance and stripped-down essence suggests track cars and speed racers of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Open hood sides reveal the high-powered Ecotec engine, which has been pumped up with the help of GM Performance Parts’ Stage III performance kit and a larger turbo. The higher octane of E85 enabled engineers to tune the engine for more power. It is backed by a GM Powertrain 5L40 five-speed automatic transmission.

“The engine was built using the basic recipe that is available in the Ecotec performance book available from GM Performance Parts,” said Al Oppenheiser, GM Performance Division director of concept and vehicle integration. “Also, the E85 conversion is based on a kit that GM is exploring for regular production engines.”

True hot rod aesthetic.
Like hot rods built for the last 60 years, the FlexFuel Hot Rod is built from an assemblage of factory and aftermarket parts. The frame and body are based on the 1934 Chevy, but both were fabricated by the craftsmen at the GM Performance Division (GMPD). The body has been sectioned and channeled to give the car its true hot rod aesthetic, while the frame is a one-off piece designed, engineered and built by GMPD. The slanted grille – with a unique chrome mesh pattern – and hood are integrated for a smoother look, which includes a sun visor characteristic of period hot rod racers.

Like any good rod worth its salt, there are no fenders or running boards; the 10-inch headlamps are mounted to the core support. The front suspension is all custom-built, complete with period-perfect lightening holes drilled in it.

A sturdy 8-3/8-inch Winters Quick-change rearend is suspended by a parallel four-link suspension. It is filled with 5.20 gears, which are used to generate brisk acceleration with 35-inch-tall, racing-type Excelsior rear tires and 29-inch-tall front tires. The tires are mounted on custom 18-inch front and 20-inch rear “kidney bean”-style wheels from Budnik.

Steering comes from a custom-fabricated linkage that is connected to a reversed Corvair steering box. The linkage is mounted to the outside of the frame rail.

Hand-crafted cabin.
Inside, the FlexFuel Hot Rod maintains its racing-inspired minimalist theme, but with contemporary feel. Hand-formed sheet metal and earth-friendly materials were used to trim the cabin, as well as the racing-style aluminum seats. The dashboard was hand-finished, too, and filled with traditional-looking Stewart-Warner gauges.

One of the interior’s central points of interest is the racing-style driveshaft tube, which covers the custom driveshaft. It is a prominent fixture in the cabin because the body has been lowered around the chassis to achieve the streamlined appearance that was characteristic of old-school hot rods.

Road ready.
More than just a conceptualized vision of an alternative-fuel street rod, the FlexFuel Hot Rod is a driver that GM Performance Division will press into service for a number of road events and tests.

“This thing is going to rack up a lot of miles,” said Oppenheiser. “With the FlexFuel conversion, it can run purely on E85, gasoline or any combination of the two. That means it can be refueled anywhere the road takes it.”

(source: Fast Auto).


chevrolet flexfuel hotrod sr1

2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod. (photo: Chevy)

chevrolet flexfuel hotrod eng

2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod engine. (photo: Chevy)

e85 ethanol emblem sm 1

E85 Ethanol front grill emblem from the 2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod.

e85 ethanol emblem sm 2

E85 Ethanol side emblem from the 2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod.

chevy gold logo

Chevrolet gold bowtie logo.

VIDEOS

2007 Chevrolet FlexFuel Hot Rod

RELATED ARTICLES
Chevrolet Nomad : 2004   Makes station wagons look cool.
Chevrolet Volt : 2007   New hot concept: GM''s Concept Electric Vehicle
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Fellows : 2007   Only 399 will be built. First white Z06.
Chevrolet Camaro by Yenko   Canonsburg, PA
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 : 1969   Only 69 made.
Chevrolet Corvair Corsa : 1966   Produced from 1965-1966 only.
Chevrolet Corvette LT4 Gran Sport : 1996   GM built 1,000 limited edition Grand Sports for the 1996 model run.
Chevrolet T2X : 2005   Combining SUV and Sport Coupe.
Chevrolet Camaro : 2010   
Chevrolet Goes Air-Cooled with the First Corvair   
Chevrolet C7 on hold   
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray : 2009   Revealed at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport : 2010   Envisioned by legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
LINKS
Chevrolet   Official site.
 
 
COMMENTS
Hemi Hot Rods2659 days ago

What a mean ride! I could only imagine what it’s like mashing the loud peddle on that monster.

Very good looking car by the way, I would consider it rolling art!

POST A COMMENT
Name
URL
Email
Comment
HTML tags allowed: <a> <em> <strong> <blockquote>
Spambots begone
ABOUT EDITORS CONTACT

CARTYPE STORE

-
Advertise on Cartype
-
Twitter Facebook Vimeo YouTube Flavors.me Flickr Kindle
-
-
Car Shipping Companies
Auto Transport Quotes
Auto Transport
cool car accessories at newfrog
DIVIDER_large
DIVIDER_large
 
DIVIDER_large
-

CARTYPE STORE

Go Faster. The Graphic Design of Racing Cars. Cars That Matter Italian Racing Red Car Design Yearbook 1
-
-

NOTICE

Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.