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SHC (Super Hatchback Concept)

SHC (Super Hatchback Concept)

SHC (Super Hatchback Concept)

SHC (Super Hatchback Concept)

SHC (Super Hatchback Concept)
Make -
Model SHC
Concept year 2010
Production year theoretical 2014
Engine various

The SHC (Super Hatchback Concept) is the work of Jamie Martin, a UK based designer whose previous works include the Cobra Venom V8 concept and the London Navigator bus.

The SHC was conceived out of a desire to fuse the two very different worlds of hatchbacks and supercars. And in a world where limiting CO2 output is becoming increasingly important, the SHC also has some green tech up its sleeve.

Designed to compete against the likes of the Honda Civic Type-R and Ford Focus RS, the SHC would be offered with a choice of two different engine/transmission packages.

The first proposed powertrain of the concept consists of a twin-turbocharged internal combustion engine with direct injection, stop-start technology and regenerative braking. Transmission would be via a 6-Speed Short-Shift manual gearbox or a 7-speed paddleshift auto.

The second option is a system dubbed the 'Delta Drive Hybrid (DDH)'. This setup consists of a smaller displacement internal combustion engine and a pair of electric motors. Nano-Titanate batteries located in the engine bay, and under the floor would feed power to the high-torque electric motors mounted within the front wheels. 3-performance modes would be available: Economy (low bhp town driving), Normal (medium bhp - motorway driving), and Performance (high bhp - utilising both the petrol engine and electric generator together for ultimate power). The car could also be driven in full electric mode for around 70 miles before the engine was needed to recharge the batteries.

In order to achieve a high level of performance and handling the SHC would rely heavily on reducing weight and also balancing the weight distribution. This would be done through the use of lightweight materials and intelligent applications. The laser welded chassis would be part aluminium and part high tensile steel - aluminium would be predominantly used for the front section of the car. Aluminium suspension components would be fitted to reduce the unsprung weight and provide improved handling characteristics. A flat undertray coupled with a rear diffuser provides cleaner airflow under the car and in turn increases the downforce over both front and rear axles.

Further highlights of the SHC include a magnetorheological fluid suspension system with Normal, Sport & Track modes. This system, first used by Ferrari, features dampers with iron filings suspended in fluid. When an electrical current is passed through the fluid it instantaneously changes the damping rate and stiffens up the suspension.

While the SHC is just an independent concept with no intention of production, it does seem more and more likely that hybrid technology will filter very quickly into performance vehicles - and hot hatches could be one of the first segments to make the switch.

Similar and related vehicles:
Cobra Venom V8
London Navigator


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All images © Jamie Martin 2010

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