Holden Efijy Brings FJ To The 21st Century
Toby Hagon 13/10/05
A radical street machine concept car is the highlight of Holden's stand at the motor show.
Holden has brought 1950s motoring into the 21st century with the Efijy street machine-style concept car that revives the legend of the FJ.
Unveiled at the 2005 Sydney motor show, the $1.5-million one-off concept is a showcase of Holden designers aimed to relive the wonder of the '50s.
With its gorgeously curvy exterior, classic lines and massive rear overhang, the radical maroon-coloured coupe conjures images of American gangsters, Batmobiles and loads of classic style. Click on the thumbnail below for a full size-image.
"Efijy is all about fun, emotion and imagination," says Holden chairman and managing director Denny Mooney. "It shows what a bunch of clever and talented design people can do when they are let loose to create something really wild.
"Efijy is sure to evoke memories for everyone who sees it. People might focus on the FJ links, the glorious custom coupes of the 1930s of the great design flair of the 1950s.
"This year was a fantastic opportunity for us to create something which highlights our designers' ability and versatility."
The Efijy is the brainchild of Holden designer Richard Ferlazzo, who has dreamt of reviving the FJ since arriving at Holden more than a decade ago. He penned the first sketches in the late 1990s and the work on the concept car first started in 2003. Click on the thumbnails for full-size images.
Unlike the Monaro concept car of 1998, which relied on public suport to go into production, Holden says there are absolutely no plans to build the Efijy.
"It's all about fun," says spokesman Jason Laird. "We want people to be stunned by the car."
"There is no need to look into it for any sort of possibility of production. There is absolutely zero production intent.
"We did it because we could. We just wanted to do a fun show car. It's important designers have a creative outlet."
Sweeping lines characterise the sizeable coupe, which, at 5.2-metres long and 2.0-metres wide is longer than a Commodore and wider than a Hummer.
The body is made of fibreglass and underneath there's the chassis of the previous model (C5) Chevrolet Corvette.
"We had one (Corvette) lying around," says Laird. "So we decided to use it for the Efijy."
Attention to detail is the name of the Efijy game.
"It's all about quality and craftsmenship," says Laird.
Billet aluminium is used exensively, from the wheels and highlights to the one-piece ornate grille that perfectly characterises the original FJ that first arrived in 1953.
Inside, there's a maple wood floor and more lashings of genuine aluminium.
The circular speedo is thoroughly retro but houses a digital readout in the centre.
Like the exterior - which has LED lights that can change colour and intesity - there are flashes of modernity to go with the whole blast-from-the-past theme.
While the stylish dash and old-style switchgear evokes images of the '50s - some are even finished in a cream-coloured Bakelite-style finish - there's plenty of 21st century touches, like the lighting and electronics behind.
There's even a drop-down screen, which houses the radio controls (laid out in the style of an old wireless), the satellite navigation (the maps are black and white) and the dual-zone climate control system, complete with a nifty image of a suit-clad gentleman who's even wearing a classic black hat.
Under the bonnet, there's a similar lack of subtelty to the choice of engine; a 6.0-litre LS2 V8 is on hand teamed with a supercharger from renowned race engineer Ron Harrop.
Peak power is 480kW, which Holden is quick to point out matches the output of a V8 Supercar. There's also a whopping 775Nm of torque on tap, ensuring the monstrous machine should go almost as spectacularly as it looks.
It rides on air suspension - which can be raised and lowered depending on whether it needs to be driven somewhere or presented in its lowest, most sinister guise - and has 20-inch wheels at the front and mammoth 22-inch wheels out back.
While Holden says the Efijy is all about fun and design fantasy, there's still the occasional pointer to future models.
The seatbelts, for example, are incorporated in the seats, which make it easier to access the rear seats of a coupe.
Also, given the extensive use of air suspension in luxury vehicles, it seems only a matter of time until Holden uses such a set-up locally.
First look: Holden FJ returns!
Marton Pettendy 13/10/05
Happy day's have returned at Holden!
As the Australian car giant prepares to lay off 1000 workers in Adelaide by Christmas, as an increasing number of consumers turn their back on large cars and as its parent company General Motors faces the prospect of financial ruin following Delphi’s bankruptcy filing this week, a little ray of sunshine found its way on to the Lion brand’s stand at the Darling Harbour exhibition centre this morning.
It wasn’t a new Commodore, or a derivative thereof. Rather, it came in the form of a wild hotrod concept that rekindles the spirit of the most famous Holden of all time – the 1953 FJ.
Dubbed Efijy, the radical custom coupe showcar is based on Chevrolet Corvette underpinnings and boasts V8Supercar performance courtesy of a Ron Harrop-developed, supercharged version of GM’s 6.0-litre LS2 alloy V8 delivering 480kW and a planet-turning 775Nm of torque.
Bathed in Soprano Purple paint, the pillar-less 5162mm-long two-door is the result of spare-time work by the same design team responsible for next year’s all-new VE Commodore – led by chief designer and custom-car fan Richard Ferlazzo, who penned the first Efijy sketch in 1989.
Efijy echoes automotive cues of days past via twin cream-coloured leather tombstone seats with integrated belts, a maple timber veneer floor with alloy inserts, and Bakelite-look switches for the rear-mounted electronic GM four-speed transaxle.
It’s not all retro, however. The not-for-production concept involved almost 20 suppliers to include such hi-tech gadgetry as air-adjustable shock absorbers, a drop-down LED touch screen, fan-cooled LED headlights and 22x10-inch rear and 20x9.0-inch front billet alloy wheels.
The brakes feature 381mm grooved and ventilated rotors with alloy callipers – six-piston up front and four-piston at the rear. The adjustable suspension places the car just 27mm from the ground and rises to "a more practical drive height", while proximity sensors automatically open the doors of the fi breglass bodyshell.
"Efijy is all about fun, emotion and imagination," said GM Holden chairman and managing director Denny Mooney at its unveiling this morning. "It shows what a bunch of clever and talented design people can do when they are let loose to create something really wild.
"This year was a fantastic opportunity for us to create something which highlights our designers’ ability and versatility. Efijy is sure to evoke different memories for everyone who sees it.
"People might focus on the FJ links, the glorious custom coupes of the 1930s or the great design flair of the 1950s."
A glorious moment, in uncertain times.
Holden's Wild Hot Rod Brings FJ Back To Life
GM Holden Ltd 13/10/05
A wild 21st Century hot rod reincarnating Australia’s most famous car, the FJ Holden, was unveiled today 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.
A long-term dream for Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo, EFIJY brought together almost 20 suppliers to highlight the latest in mechanical, electronic and material products and ideas.
Automotive excess pounds through a 480-kilowatt, supercharged six-litre V8 engine and airadjustable shock absorbers through to a touch control LCD screen and fan-cooled LED headlamps.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, today said the EFIJY project was a bold statement on the creative talent available within Holden’s design ranks.
Mr Mooney said the project was developed as a collaboration with suppliers which reduced impact on the company’s heavy work schedule and ensured the highest possible quality result for the showcar.
“EFIJY is all about fun, emotion and imagination. It shows what a bunch of clever and talented design people can do when they are let loose to create something really wild,” Mr Mooney said.
“This year was a fantastic opportunity for us to create something which highlights our designers’ ability and versatility.
“EFIJY is sure to evoke different memories for everyone who sees it. People might focus on the FJ links, the glorious custom coupes of the 1930s or the great design flair of the 1950s.”
· Length: 5162mm Width: 1999mm
· Height – drive setting: 1386mm Height – show setting: 1274mm
· Ground clearance - drive: 139mm Ground clearance - show: 27mm
· Track front: 1640mm Track rear: 1660mm
· Wheelbase: 2946mm
· Engine: GM 6.0-litre, LS2 aluminium V8 with Roots-type supercharger
· Bore and stroke: 101.6 mm x 92.0 mm
· Compression ratio: 10.9:1
· Power and torque: 480kW (645 bhp) @ 6400 rpm
· Torque: 775Nm (560 ft/lb) @ 4200 rpm
The $1.5 Million FJ
Joshua Dowling 14/10/05
Holden's dream factory has delivered yet again. Joshua Dowling reports on another Sydney motor show surprise.
Holden has produced its wildest concept car ever: a hot-rod version of the famous 1953 FJ, with more power than a V8 Supercar.
Holden has surprised the media and public at each Sydney motor show since it unveiled the Commodore coupe in 1998. Unlike that car and the many concepts that followed, this vehicle - called the Efijy - is not destined for production.
It is the brainchild of Holden designer, Richard Ferlazzo, who has wanted to build a hot-rod-style concept since he first penned one in a moment of inspiration in 1989.
"When I started at Holden, when I saw what materials and technology the company had access to, I thought 'gee, imagine what sort of a hot-rod you could build with all this high-tech gear'," he says.
The Efijy was originally going to be built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the FJ in 2003 but was delayed by other projects. It is powered by a supercharged 6.0-litre HSV engine. With 480kW of power and 775Nm of torque it is almost 11 times more powerful than the 45kW (60 horsepower) engine in the 1953 FJ Holden.
The car is based on the stretched and widened underpinnings of a C5 Corvette. "The electrical engineering guys had a Corvette that was about to be scrapped so we asked if we could use its underpinnings for the show car," Ferlazzo says.
The show car is almost as long as a Statesman, as wide as a Hummer and yet has a lower roofline than a Monaro. It is capable of being driven but only at low speeds at this stage, because the Soprano Purple bodywork is made from fibreglass.
More than 20 suppliers and designers donated time, parts and expertise to build the car over the past 12 months at a cost of just $200,000. However, if it were to be built again from scratch - and if the parts and labour had to be paid for - Holden estimates it would cost $1.5 million.
Inside, the original FJ's humble valve radio has been replaced by a touch-screen display. Meanwhile, buttons on the centre console, which control the four-speed auto transmission, replace the three-on-the-tree gearshift from 1953.
Adjustable air-suspension allows the car to be lowered to just 27mm off the ground. Maintaining the hot-rod look, the rear wheels are 22-inches in diameter, the front wheels are 20-inches in diameter.
Ferlazzo says the car is all about fun.
"It makes people smile. This is a tribute to what can be achieved with today's technology. Imagine what designers could have done in the 1950s if they had today's technology available to them.
"At the end of the day, we're all car nuts. We spend our days working on sensible and practical cars. Sometimes you've got to have a bit of fun."