Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: October 08, 2006 12:50AM
Holden Efijy Concept
A wild 21st Century hot rod reincarnating Australia ’s most famous car, the FJ
Holden, was unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Efijy
is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 Supercar power under the
bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology
throughout. The ‘Soprano Purple’ paintwork highlights its curvaceous
5.2-metre body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ
Holden. It delivers retro, mumbo and gizmos in one glorious package. Obviously
not intended for production, Efijy has been a passionate side project for some
Holden Design team members otherwise dedicated to creating the all-new 2006
Commodore. Automotive excess pounds through a 480-kilowatt, supercharged
six-litre V8 engine and air-adjustable shock absorbers through to a touch
control LCD screen and fan-cooled LED headlamps.
The design team has cleverly incorporated FJ design cues into Efijy’s
radicalcustom coupe body, acknowledging the most important aspects of the iconic
1953 release. The famously familiar FJ grille looms larger than life, fronting a
low, wide and handsome body extravagantly elongated and brimming with retro chic
style. The Corvette rolling chassis was lengthened to accommodate the Efijy
body, which is more than 700 millimetres longer than the FJ by which it was
inspired. The Soprano Purple paint has multiple layers of translucent pigmented
topcoats which creates the rich, deep effect. All brightwork on the vehicle is
hand-made billet aluminium to maximise its authentic look, nowhere more evident
than the stunning grill salute to FJ’s distinctive front.
A proximity sensor opens the door automatically as the driver approaches,
revealing deep cream leather twin tombstone-shaped seats equipped with integral
belts. The drop-down, touch control LCD screen and an instrument cluster glowing
with the number ‘53’– another FJ gesture – are set in the body-coloured
metal dash and pulsate with a radiogram retro orange glow. There are
pearlescent, Bakelite-look push button controls for the electronic automatic
transmission and the hard curved floor is finished in figured maple timber
veneer with aluminium inserts. Efijy’s prowling appearance can be accentuated
by the air-adjustable suspension. At the touch an LCD screen, At a touch of the
LCD screen, Efijy can hunker down to just 27 millimetres from the ground or rise
to a more practical drive height. The use of LED headlights and tail lights is
accompanied by liberal LED applications inside the vehicle, including courtesy
lamps and sill plate illumination lamps. Several are dual filament, allowing
them to throw different colors depending on the application. Like any great
showcar, Efijy is stocked with a cutting edge entertainment system featuring
hard drive audio and video storage driven through a major amplifier and speaker
The 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine has been supercharged and modified by Ron Harrop,
well known throughout the Australian automotive and motorsport industry and an
ex-FJ Holden racer. Driven by a Roots-type supercharger, the engine delivers
peak power of 645 horsepower at 6400rpm and peak torque of 775Nm 560 foot-pound
at 4200rpm. Such performance figures are equal to the stated output from 2005
Series V8 Supercars, and almost 11 times greater than the 60 horsepower offered
in the 1953 FJ Holden. Efijy’s engine is mated to a rear-mounted four-speed
automatic transmission featuring push button electronic control. Limited slip
differential has been fitted for obvious reasons. The custom designed exhaust is
a stainless steel 2.5-inch dual system with customised compact headers and
billet aluminium exhaust tips. The power output is transferred to massive
22-inch by 10-inch billet aluminium wheels with fluting which echoes the FJ’s
more modest original 15-inch by 4-inch wheels. Reflecting its street sled
heritage, the front wheels are 20-inch by 9-inch. The brakes feature 381mm
(15-inch) grooved and ventilated rotors front and rear, combined with six-piston
aluminium calipers at the front and four-piston aluminium calipers at the
Holden Design plans to show the car at a series of street machine and hot rod
shows around Australia after its Australian International Motor Show debut.
Nigel_Knowitall Report This Comment
Date: October 08, 2006 04:49AM
I wish they could find their way to build cars like these.
Cars nowadays are so similar. When I was young, we used to have competitions at
night guessing the cars just by looking at the way the head-lights shone at
you...and also trying to tell the name of the car by listening to the sound it
made as it was running.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 28, 2007 02:50AM
careful man your showin' your age, these kids might call ya grandpa.
we did the same.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 28/09/2007 02:50AM by fossil_digger.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 28, 2007 04:27AM
I could always tell by the headlights following me if it's a Crown Vic or
Caprice 9C1 Police interceptor.
Only then I'm on my best behaviour.