The Rise And Fall Of America's Jet-Powered Car

We almost had jet-powered cars. Chrysler quietly developed a Jet-powered car in the 1960s. Steve Lehto's new book Chrysler's Turbine Car explains how bureaucracy killed one of Detroit's engineering triumphs. —Ed. » 10/12/10 2:00pm 10/12/10 2:00pm

In the decades following World War II, the jet engine symbolized new technology that would propel…

Engine Swap of the Day: Turbine-Powered Charger!

Sweden, the home of sensible, safe stuff like IKEA, Volvo, and ABBA. Oh yes, and the Turbine Charger, a '72 Dodge Charger equipped with a 500 horsepower Caterpillar 553-2-1 turbine engine. We figure those long winter nights and cheap akvavit must have something to do with this project, which doesn't seem to be… » 11/30/07 2:30pm 11/30/07 2:30pm

Sniffing The Rot Of A Dead Future Via The Past's Glorious Perfume

While of course, El Jalopo brings you the latest, latest most current, latest and thoroughly-now conceptual machines devised by any animal, vegetable mineral or modern major general, there's something to be said for the assigned future. And when that comes in the form of rampant jackassery, mildly-fascinating… » 5/31/07 11:00pm 5/31/07 11:00pm

What Would You Do With a Free Kuznetsov NK-12?

A high-performance turbine that powered the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, the Tupolev Tu-114 airliner and the Antonov An-22 Anteus cargo lifter, the NK-12 was designed to run contra-rotating propellers and pumped out 14,800 seahorsepower. Now say, if Vladimir Putin were to bestow one of these fast-spinning behemoths upon you,… » 5/25/07 2:15pm 5/25/07 2:15pm

Silent Sam Turbine Livery Returns to Indy 500

In 1967 Parnelli Jones lead the Indianapolis 500 in an all-wheel drive entry built by Andy Granatelli - and powered by a jet turbine. With Jones at the wheel the turbine car almost won, but was felled by a spent bearing with but a few laps left in the race. "Silent Sam" was nonetheless a crowd favorite. Parnelli's… » 5/21/07 6:00pm 5/21/07 6:00pm

Tilting at Filling Stations: Could a Wind Turbine Power an Electric Car?

In case you hadn't noticed, none of us here at Jalopnik is a physicist. That's clearly evident by one of our early inventions, inspired by a Popeye cartoon; that is, a sailboat powered by an on-board electric fan. It didn't work, and we narrowly escaped electrocution. We recalled our ill-conceived efforts as one… » 3/09/06 3:49pm 3/09/06 3:49pm