Plymouth is right now celebrating twenty years of modern concept vehicles, with more than 100 prototypes built. The Chrysler Group design philosophy has been running on the theory 'Concept to reality'; a theory that all of the concept vehicles that have been created by this elite group are prototypes, and therefore ‘a basis for production vehicles' and meant to eventually evolve into conceptual design. Concepts are meant to 'showcase to management, the media and public the potential future design' that Chrysler Groups cars and trucks are heading towards.
Unlike any vehicle at the Auto Show, the 1988 Plymouth Slingshot wowed the crowd with its swoop-nosed, wedge-shaped body, widespread rear fenders and covered wheels. University students and Chrysler Motor designers came up with the design behind the Slingshot. The unique vehicle featured a carbon fiber chassis and adjustable four-wheel independent suspension. When 33% of the canopy was elevated, access into the 2-passenger cockpit was made available.
The wheelbase of the Slingshot was 103 inches long and had a very short 148.9 inches overall length. Mated with a 6-speed transmission, the rear mounted 2.2-liter turbocharged engine was a twin-cam with 4 cylinders.By Jessica Donaldson