In the mid 80's, General Motors developed a series of exotic vehicles like the 1985 Buick Wildcat Concept car. The original car was inroduced at the
1985 Specialty Equipment Manufactures Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. One could not actually drive this first model but it was not long before that
General Motors was building a workable model so they could test a number of innovations.
To enter the car, the driver pushed a solenoid in the left rocker panel, which raised the canopy. At the same time, the steering wheel tilted upward to let the driver slide downward to the driverís seat, allowing the canopy to drop down into the drive-away position. Projected on the windshield, ahead of the driver, was a "head-up" display,
which showed speed and odometer readings, along with the shift quadrant display. Mounted in the center of the Wildcatís instrument panel was a flat video screen showing everything from oil temperature, engine torque, and compass points; to the engineís spark curve and tire slippage. The "g" forces that emerged when the driver cornered, stomped
on the gas, or braked hard were displayed. Essential gauges, including the tachometer, resided in the steering wheel hub. The body structure was a composite carbon fiber and glass.
The Wildcat incorporated four-wheel drive and a McLaren engine, based on a Buick 3.8 liter V6 block, mounted just behind the seats. The engine had 24 valves, dual overhead camshafts, sequential port fuel injection and produces 360 horsepower.
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