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Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Revealed As
Chrysler's First-Ever Mid-Engine Super Car
Auburn Hills, Mich. - The spectacular quad-turbo, V-12
powered, mid-engine Chrysler ME Four-Twelve super car has roared
onto the scene to shine as the most advanced Chrysler ever built.
The ultimate engineering and design statement, and a brilliant
example of the Chrysler Group's capabilities, the ME Four-Twelve
will establish a real-world performance record for a rear-wheel
drive, mid-engine super car and may also set a record for
lightening-quick vehicle development. Taking less than one year
to complete from start to finish, the Chrysler Group partnered
with some of the best in the business to assist in its
"The ME Four-Twelve has been one of the most closely guarded
secrets, not only to the outside world but also within our
organization," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President,
Chrysler Group Design. "The idea for this machine was
conceived as a spectacular follow-up to the Dodge Tomahawk shown
last year. The big difference is that Tomahawk was a design
statement. ME Four-Twelve, however, is as much an engineering
statement as it is a design statement."
"ME Four-Twelve adds a new aura of performance to the
Chrysler brand," Creed said. "It is aerodynamically
honed, and it balances elegance and power. It exudes strength,
performance and prestige. The ME Four-Twelve is Chrysler's own
creative interpretation of the classic mid-engine super car
AMG Powertrain and Ricardo Clutch Transmission for Unmatched 0-60
The heart of the ME Four-Twelve is its all-aluminum, quad-turbo,
6.0-liter V-12 engine. With electronic sequential multipoint fuel
injection and a 9.0:1 compression ratio, the ME Four-Twelve's AMG-developed
engine delivers 850 bhp @ 5750 rpm, with 850 lb-ft. (1150 N-m) of
torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm on premium unleaded fuel. The
specific power output translates to 142 bhp/liter, and with a
curb weight of just 2880 lbs. (1310 kg), the ME Four-Twelve has
the weight-to-power ratio of 3.4 lbs/bhp each of these
sets new performance records and new benchmarks in the super car
And, befitting a machine that will play comfortably in the super
car league, the performance of the ME Four-Twelve is stunning. In
our projections and modeling, the ME Four-Twelve goes from 0-60
mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds and it will blister
through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 142.0 mph. The
estimated top speed of the ME Four-Twelve is 248 mph (400 km/h).
The vehicle is designed and packaged to achieve outstanding
thermal performance under extreme operating conditions. Its large
capacity, high-efficiency engine-cooling system allows this
engine to retain optimum thermal performance a key
advantage in the super car arena. The 7-speed Ricardo Double
Clutch Transmission was developed specifically for this vehicle
and features the latest double wet-clutch technology and
electronic control strategy. The exclusive ME Four-Twelve
transmission delivers uninterrupted torque to the rear wheels
with 200 millisecond shift times.
Advanced Composite Structure, Cat-Quick Agility
The ME Four-Twelve's advanced, carbon fiber bodywork was designed
to mate to a carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque tub.
Aluminum crush structures and chrome-moly sub-frames complete the
ME Four-Twelve's rigid support structure. Taking advantage of its
impressive racecar-like structural rigidity, the ME Four-Twelve's
suspension, steering and brakes are engineered for super car
performance. Overall, the vehicle's structure consisting
of multiple materials - achieves an ultra lightweight design with
outstanding vehicle rigidity and complies with all US federal
regulations related to impact testing.
The suspension is comprised of double wishbones, aluminum control
arms, horizontally-opposed coil-over dampers with electronically
controlled compression and rebound tuning, stainless-steel push
rods and a blade configured anti-roll bar.
The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has an overall ratio
of 16:1 with 2.4 turns lock-to-lock and a turning circle of 36.0
feet. The ME Four-Twelve braking system features massive 15.0-inch
(381 mm) ventilated carbon ceramic composite disc brake rotors
with six-piston aluminum mono block calipers for superior braking
performance during all driving conditions. The composite discs
are sixty-five percent lower in weight than comparable cast iron
rotors. This results in significantly reducing unsprung mass and
improving shock damping response.
ME Four-Twelve wheels are cast aluminum: 19x10-inch front and 20x12.5-inch
rear. Michelin high-performance radials are 265/35ZR19 in the
front and 335/30ZR20 in the rear.
Ultimate Chrysler Engineering and Design Statement to
the Last Aerodynamic Detail
At just 44.9 inches tall, 78.7 inches wide and 178.8-inches long,
the two-seat, mid-engine ME Four-Twelve has a striking presence
poised as if ready to pounce. The ME Four-Twelve carbon
fiber body work has that "chiseled all from one piece"
look, honed from hours of development in the Chrysler Group wind
tunnel in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The computer controlled active rear spoiler articulates rearward
100 mm to increase down-force to a total of 925 lbs. (421 kg) at
186 mph (300 km/h), while achieving a competitive coefficient of
drag (Cd) of 0.358. This results in unwavering stability at the
ultra-high speeds of which ME Four-Twelve is capable. All body
openings have been optimized to achieve maximum thermal
performance. In addition, large vented front and rear wheel
houses reduce lift as well as active and passive aerodynamic
devices that have been implemented to provide stable vehicle
performance at all speeds. Those devices include:
- A front fascia splitter for increased
- A fully developed underbody with
integral rear diffuser to reduce lift and provide
additional rear down-force
- Formations in the belly pan forward of
each wheel to aid in reducing lift
- The decklid rear "ski-slope"
formation improves rear down-force
- Large rear grille integrated into the
fascia helps ventilate air through the engine compartment
- Cubic section at the leading edge of
the front fascia helps air attach to the underbody and
A Tasteful and Purposeful Interior
Chrysler brand beauty and elegance has been blended with the
function and form that are essential in the ultimate super car.
For example, ME Four-Twelve's interior shows the carbon fiber
structure of the body tub throughout, used for its light-weight
attributes but refined in texture to fulfill the Chrysler brand
promise. In addition, leather-covered sport seats, a tilt
steering wheel, automatic climate control and a premium audio
system are housed in a vehicle that is just as at home on the
highway as it is on the race track. Unique features and elements
- Carbon fiber seat structure with a
total seat weight of just 27 lbs. (12.3 kg)
- Competitive-in-class interior
roominess with 37.2 in (942 mm) of headroom, and 42.7 in
(1085 mm) of legroom
- A large glass roof panel extends from
the windshield to the rear header
- Passenger-side adjustable foot support
helps keep the "co-pilot" in position during
extreme cornering maneuvers
This vehicle breaks the mold of the super
car genre because its packaging can easily accommodate drivers in
a wide range of heights. Ease of access to driving controls was a
primary focus. For example, there are steering wheel mounted
controls, including a column mounted F-1 racing style paddle
shifter with aluminum shift paddles and centrally mounted driver
"In terms of advanced materials, aerodynamic efficiency and
vehicle dynamic performance, the ME Four-Twelve represents the
ultimate engineering and design statement from Chrysler,"
said Wolfgang Bernhard, Chief Operating Officer, Chrysler Group.
"It's everything we've learned about creating exciting,
desirable automobiles. And, as such, it's not really a concept
car but is, in fact, a prototype that will be road-ready by