June 16, 2005

Vancouver man wins “What can you Hemi?” contest

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Marcus Braun of Vancouver, B.C., was named the grand prize winner today for his Hemi Trike, an adult adaptation of a childhood toy powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi engine. He wins his choice of any Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge Hemi-powered vehicle.

The contest was launched in February. Contestants were asked “If you could infuse the power and torque of the 5.7-litre V8 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 www.WhatCanYouHemi.com. More than 360 aspiring inventors submitted their wildest ideas before the April 6 postmark deadline.

The finalists of the “What Can You Hemi?” contest saw their drawing board dreams become realities when the Chrysler Group unveiled the full-size, operational versions of each of the five inventions for the first time in Chelsea, Michigan, at DaimlerChrysler’s proving grounds. All five finalists, whose entries were chosen from among hundreds submitted throughout the U.S. and Canada, were on-hand to see their ideas unveiled.

“While all five finalists and their ideas were brilliant, the Hemi Trike stood out for its high marks in creativity, engineering feasibility, safety and functionality.” said Frank Klegon, Chrysler Group Vice President- Product Development Process and Components.

The five inventions included the Hemi Trike, Hemi snowblower, Hemi ice-rink smoother, Hemi shredder, and Hemi-go-round.

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