Neil Young Looks in on Early Stages of LincVolt Rebuild

Last month we told you Neil Young's 1959 Lincoln turbine-charged electric hybrid was damaged in a fire it may have started. Determined to rebuild the LincVolt, we saw Young on webcam this week visiting the remains of his charred dream. » 1/01/11 11:00am 1/01/11 11:00am

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 the …

Desert Runs In A Turbine-Powered Datsun 280Z

While the turbine-powered Porsche 928 we found on eBay was admittedly pretty neat (and ended up selling for a measly $7,150), the accompanying video didn't really prove the car's kerosene-guzzling potential to us. Not so with this turbine-enhanced Datsun 280Z. This baby proves its mettle with Knight Rider-esque » 6/03/08 12:45pm 6/03/08 12:45pm

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…

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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

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

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 reader … » 3/09/06 3:49pm 3/09/06 3:49pm