Imagine a car engine with 60 moving parts, no radiator, no need for an oil change, capable of burning any fuel from alcohol to diesel to peanut oil.
Gas turbine engine cars. They were mated to standard available transmissions and installed in contemporary design chassis’s.
In fact,they were conceived as far back as 1955 with prototype cars available for limited public use in 1963.
They went from 0-60 in 12 seconds with negligible carbon emissions and 19 miles per gallon highway.
At the end of the assessment period nearly all of the production models were crushed.
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. Yesterday’s car of the future is still today’s car of the future. In fact, now more than ever. If only We, The People were not stifled by the nattering nitwits of the ruling Oligarchy.
The engine had a fifth as many moving parts as a piston unit (60 rather than 300). The turbine was spinning on simple sleeve bearings for vibration-free running. Its simplicity offered the potential for long life, and because no combustion contaminants enter engine oil, no oil changes were considered necessary. The 1963 Turbine’s engine generated 130 brake horsepower (97 kW) and an instant 425 pound-feet (576 N·m) of torque at stall speed, making it good for 0-60 mph in 12 seconds at an ambient temperature of 85 °F (29 °C)—it would sprint quicker if the air was cooler and denser.
The absence of a distributor and points, the solitary start-up spark plug and the lack of coolant eased maintenance, while the exhaust did not contain carbon monoxide, unburned carbon, or raw hydrocarbons.