The ME stands for mid-engine. The 4 stand for four turbos, and the 12 is symbolic of the massive V-12 Mercedes Benz power plant in the heart of Chryslers' most intriguing prototype car since the Tomahawk. The Chrysler ME412 super car may not only establish real-world performance records but may also set a record for lightning-quick vehicle development.
The engine is from the Mercedes Benz performance department of AMG, with 850 brake horsepower @ 5750 rpm, and 850 foot pounds of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm on premium unleaded fuel. The use of the AMG engine was dictated largely by the need for high power with light weight (around 500 lb) and at reasonable development cost. With a curb weight of just 2880 pounds, the ME Four-Twelve has the weight-to-power ratio of 3.4 pounds per brake horsepower - a new performance record. In actual Chrysler speed runs, the ME412 goes from 0-60 mph in 2.9
seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds, and it will fly through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 135 mph. The estimated top speed of the ME412 is 248 mph. This sweet ride is designed and packaged to achieve outstanding thermal performance under extreme operating conditions. Its large capacity, high-efficiency engine-cooling system allows the engine to keep its thermal performance at it's' best - a key advantage in the super car arena. The design work was done by a young and friendly Chrysler designer, Brian Nielander, who normally designs trucks; he worked directly with engineers and aerodynamics experts to shape the interior and exterior and make sure that the engineers did not make the ME-412 uncomfortable.
There are a grand total of 11 people working on the ME from Chrysler, according to press releases. There are a handful of suppliers - under 10 -...