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Duesenberg Torpedo Coupe rendering by Jeff Teague

Duesenberg Torpedo Coupe rendering by Jeff Teague

Duesenberg Torpedo Coupe rendering by Jeff Teague

Make Duesenberg
Model Torpedo Coupe
Concept year 2006
Production year -
Engine 12 cyl CEM

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 Corporation.

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.

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- Maybach Exelero

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