Turbines

  • Driving a Chrysler Turbine Car

    Back in the early 1960s, Chrysler produced a unique vehicle that perfectly captured the imagination of the Space Age era. Instead of some sort of six or eight-cylinder engine, this new Chrysler coupe used a powerplant that would have been much more at home under the skin of a helicopter or airplane. I'm talking about a turbine engine, and between 1962 and 1964, Chrysler built 55 examples packing this high-spinning tech. Of the 50 production vehicles and five pre-production models produced, just nine remain intact. The rest were crushed. Some are in museums and some have landed in private...

  • Pininfarina's Cambiano concept.
    Pininfarina Cambiano Concept Leaked Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    Pininfarina's Cambiano plug-in diesel hybrid concept, debuting in Geneva, claims supercar performance with minimal environmental impact.

  • BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany
    Blowin' In The Wind: Turbines To Power BMW Leipzig Factory

    However green cars are able to get, the process of building thousands of them every year still isn't particularly environmentally friendly. The manufacturers are doing all they can to improve this. GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt is equipped with several solar panel...

  • Thorium could be used as car fuel
    Thorium Powered Cars: A Million Miles Without Refuelling

    It reads more like a 1950s space race vision of the future than a pragmatic 21st Century theory, but we could now be a step closer to driving a nuclear-powered car. In light of the recent events in Japan following the tsunami that caused meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and previous events...

  • Casey Putsch's turbine-powered Batmobile
    Video: Batmobile Replica Has Turbine Engine, iPad Avionics

    For gearheads, Batman is clearly the best superhero. It's nothing to do with the cape, nor having the appearance and skills of a nocturnal flying creature, oh no - it's because his favourite method of transportation has always been a cool car. From a modified Lincoln Futura concept car in the...

  • 1963 Chrysler Turbine. Image via Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno's Garage Plays With The Chrysler Turbine: Video

    Packed with vintage footage with a decidedly "the future is here" flavor, Jay Leno's video of his time with a Chrysler Turbine is one for any fan of the ill-fated but certifiably awesome automotive fantasies of the '50s and '60s. How awesome? How about 44,500 rpm, 425 pound feet of torque, and ...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept

    As far-fetched as turbine propulsion in an automobile may sound, this isn’t the first time a major manufacturer has bolted a turbine in a car. Back in 1963, Chrysler produced 55 turbine-powered cars. The Chrysler Turbine Car's engine ran at up to 44,500 rpm, would burn diesel fuel, unleaded gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel and vegetable oil. In fact, it was said the engine would run on pretty much any flammable liquid, prompting Adolfo Lopez Mateos, then President of Mexico, to test the theory by running one on--wait for it--yes--tequila! And now, Jaguar is seriously studying how it may be...

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