MillenWorks

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MillenWorks (Textron)
IndustryMotorsport
Automotive engineering
Founded1980 (sold to Textron June 9, 2010)
HeadquartersTustin, California, U.S.
Key people
Rod Millen (founder)
WebsiteMillenWorks.com
2006 Baja 1000 MillenWorks vehicle

MillenWorks, known as Rod Millen Motorsports until 2005, was an American automotive technology company started by Rod Millen in 1980.[1] The company began by preparing Millen's rally cars, and evolved into designing and building them.[2] The company developed vehicles, high performance auto parts, and technology for racing, concept cars, and the US military.[3]

Race cars[edit]

Some of the first cars designed and built by the company were the Pikes Peak Toyota Celica and Toyota Tacoma which Millen drove to overall victories in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.[4][5][6] Other cars include the Championship Off-Road Racing Pro 4 Toyota Tundra and the SCORE Toyota FJ Cruiser which competed in the Baja 1000.[7][8][9]

Concept cars[edit]

MillenWorks was often contracted to develop technologies for upcoming concept cars. They developed the revolutionary drivetrain seen on the Jeep Hurricane, which allows it to spin in place using independent four wheel steering.[10] They also developed the hybrid electric four wheel drive system seen on the Ralliart Mitsubishi Eclipse concept car, and many of the mechanisms seen on the Scion FUSE.[11][12] Other projects included the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve, Lexus IS430, Porsche Carrera GT Concept, Toyota Ultimate Celica, Lexus Streetrod, and the Toyota Retrocruiser.[13]

Military vehicles[edit]

MillenWorks also developed manned and unmanned ground vehicles and technology for the military, such as the MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle.[14][15] With Lord Corporation, they also developed an active magneto rheological suspension for the U.S. Army's Stryker, which was tested at the Yuma Proving Grounds.[16][17][18] They teamed with Lockheed Martin on several other projects, including the RST-V, Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle, Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle, and the Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) Vehicle.[19][20] They also developed diesel-electric drivetrains for the HMMWV, which were tested at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.[21]

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Performance parts[edit]

It also developed automotive performance parts for the Mazda Miata, and cooperated with Toyota Racing Development on parts for the Toyota Celica and Lexus IS300.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News channel". Motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  2. ^ "RallyBase". Rallybase.nl. 1951-03-22. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  3. ^ MillenWorks Wins $313,331 Contract | Company Activities & Management > Contracts & Bids from AllBusiness.com[dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/ch/Rod%20Millen%20Career%20Highlights.pdf
  5. ^ "Driving Innovation". MillenWorks. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  6. ^ "Driving Innovation". MillenWorks. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  7. ^ "Driving Innovation". MillenWorks. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  8. ^ "Driving Innovation". MillenWorks. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  9. ^ "COMMENTARY - The Online Motorsports Authority. NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Racing, Moto Racing, Cars, Bikes, PINKS and more!". SPEEDtv.com. 2007-01-15. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  10. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/MillenWorks_Jeep.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/MillenWorks_Ralliart.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/MillenWorks_Scion_Fuse.pdf
  13. ^ "Driving Innovation". MillenWorks. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Defense Tech: A Little LUV for the Future Military Jeep Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/Stryker_Test.pdf
  17. ^ "Lord Corp. inks agreement with MillenWorks.(News) Industry & Business Article - Research, News, Information, Contacts, Divisions, Subsidiaries, Business Associations". Goliath.ecnext.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  18. ^ "Magneto-Rheological Fluid Semiactive Suspension System Performance Testing on a Stryker Vehicle". Sae.org. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  19. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/Lockheed_SBA_Award_2006.pdf
  20. ^ "Lockheed Martin Reaches Major Milestone For The Mule Robotic Vehicle Engineering Evaluation Unit". Spacedaily.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  21. ^ "Running on Empty—Hybrid-Electric Technology Offers Viable Fuel Options". Almc.army.mil. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  22. ^ MX-5 Miata Tuning/Rod Millen Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Neobyte - www.neobyte.sk. "Toyota Celica Ultimate – Rod Millen & TRD Tuning !!! | car tuning magazine". Tuningmag.net. Retrieved 2011-11-27.

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