AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While a HEMI(R)-
powered grill was revving in the background, five finalists were announced
today in Chrysler Group's "What Can You HEMI(R)?" contest. The finalists,
whose entries were chosen from among hundreds submitted throughout the U.S.
and Canada, were on-hand when their entries were revealed at an event held at
the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Michigan, and will now see their HEMI-
powered inventions become realities.
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Once built, the five finalist entries will be showcased and one Grand
Prize Winner will be named in June. That winner will receive a HEMI-powered
Chrysler, Jeep(R) or Dodge vehicle of their choice.
"The HEMI engine has taken the hottest new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
vehicles to new levels in power and technology and now it will do the same for
these creations, which include a snow blower, ice resurfacing machine, paper
shredder, merry-go-round and trike," said Frank Klegon, Chrysler Group Vice
President- Product Development Process and Components. "The entries from
these five finalists stood out from the rest based on creativity, engineering
feasibility, safety and functionality."
The five finalists are:
* HEMI Snow Blower - Tim Flucht, Belleville, Mich. - a faster, more
efficient solution to today's snow blower options
* HEMI on Ice - Dan Burg, Lindenhurst, Ill. - pack and smooth ice with a
higher powered vehicle that is fitting for hockey's rough and tough fans
* HEMI Shredder - Randy and Robin Fredner, Earlysville, Va. - from paper
to wood, there isn't a load this machine can't tear to pieces
* HEMI-Go-Round - Jonathan Brzon, Topeka, Kan. - an ode to classic muscle
cars, this ride whips around faster than its original versions
* HEMI Trike - Marcus Braun, Vancouver, BC - reminiscent of a first bike,
adults can relive their childhood with this more powerful adaptation
Chrysler Group launched the "What Can You HEMI?" contest in February in
celebration of the legendary HEMI engine. With "That Thing Got a HEMI?"
becoming a household phrase -- serving as a constant reminder that anything
with a HEMI engine is truly top notch -- Chrysler Group asked consumers the
question: If you could infuse the power and torque of the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI
engine into anything, what would it be?
Contestants had to submit their idea in a brief essay and support it with
a sketch. Contest information was available online at
http://www.WhatCanYouHemi.com . More than 360 aspiring inventors submitted
their wildest ideas before the April 6 postmark deadline.
"Since its introduction to the public in 1951, the HEMI engine has
revolutionized the automotive industry and fascination over the original
muscle car engine continues today," said Klegon. "This contest was about
extending the same power, torque and technology of the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI
engine to make the ordinary, extra-ordinary and to have a lot of fun doing
Today, the modern 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine's power and fuel efficiency
has added to the success of vehicles like the Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum,
Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The modern high performance HEMI engine
delivers up to 345 horsepower and up to 390 pound-feet of torque. With more
than 500,000 engines sold, the take-rate across the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
lineups is 44%.
HEMI(R) Engine History
The HEMI engine was first made popular in 1951 when Chrysler Corporation
introduced its entry in the post-war horsepower race. Its power and
efficiency made it an instant favorite for all sorts of motorsports vehicles.
Although reluctantly retired in 1959 due to high manufacturing cost, the HEMI
design was still unsurpassed. In 1964, NASCAR competition sparked the HEMI's
return, and it has remained available for motorsport use ever since. Chrysler
Group debuted the all-new modern 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine in 2002 on the
Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500.
SOURCE Chrysler Group