The Duesenberg marque, a name associated with luxury and
exclusive lifestyles of the 1920's and 1930's, has been
revived by a Minnesota, USA based company, Maple Plain
The company bought the Duesenberg name in 1996, however
it has taken 10 years to conceive the Duesenberg Torpedo
Coupe concept, a car which is to be built by their sister
company, Duesenberg Custom Coach.
Designed by Jeff Teague, of Teague Design, the Dusenberg
Torpedo Coupe takes its inspiration from Duesenberg models
of 1931 and 1932. This 70 year old influence is apparent
in the graceful arches and classic proportions.
Powering the Dusenberg Torpedo Coupe, should the technology
prove successful, is a radical 12 cylinder engine, referred
to as the 'Cylindrical Energy Module', or CEM. The design
is an adaptation of a firefighting pump invented by Paul
Eddie, a Californian car designer. Unlike static conventional
engines, the CEM rotates on its axis, sucking fuel in,
and providing self lubrication, no oil pump required.
It is also capable of running on either petrol or diesel.
Furthermore, this novel powerplant creates just 1/6th
of the heat a comparable conventional engine would. This
means that air-cooling is sufficient, removing the need
for a radiator, water pump, coolant and all the hoses
associated with liquid cooled engines.
However if the technology proves to difficult, or costly,
to implement into a production car, the Torpedo Coupe
will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz V12.
The next stage of development for the Duesenberg Torpedo
Coupe is the production of a working prototype, a goal
Duesenberg Custom Coach hopes to achieve by the 2007 Pebble
Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Should the Torpedo Coupe make production, Duesenberg Custom
Coach hopes to make between 25 and 50 units per year.
Similar and related vehicles:
- Maybach Exelero