Steve Magnante visits the Detroit Arsenal as the Dart Road Trip‘s second stop in the Motor City Tour.
The Detroit Arsenal opened in 1940 after the U.S. Army and the Chrysler Corporation hired architect Albert Kahn to design a self-contained tank plant. Within the plant, Chrysler produced over 22, 000 tanks during World War II. Even though the last tank rolled out of the plant in 1997, bullet proof parts are still made here, which turn into the rear axles of the current Ram Trucks.
What you didn’t get to see is the testing facilities for the concept military vehicles like the FED, the Fuel Efficiency Demonstrator. The FED is a light armored vehicle made for tactical usage and fuel efficiency. By designing a military vehicle like this, fuel trucks don’t have to make the dangerous trek to refuel military vehicles putting soldiers in harms away.
The minds at the Arsenal also created a visor on the FED to let the tanks get the maximum fuel economy in up to 55mph winds. The driver knows when they’ve hit the mark because a small motor vibrates under the gas petal to alert the driver to let off the gas a bit.
The 2013 Dodge Dart has a similar feature where a flower icon will appear on the TFT display, letting the driver know they’ve hit the best fuel economy while driving.
Take a trip back through time with Steve Magnante and see what the Detroit Arsenal once was, and what it is today. Be sure to watch for that secret word to win a trip to the 2013 SEMA Show!