What happens when your nation is going through an oil crisis, but you want to keep building big-ass land yachts? You just crush up some of America’s plentiful coal supply, and use that to move the barge down the road, I guess.
A $10,500 price tag, a Can Am race car chassis and a 375 horsepower turbine engine. That’s all they had in 1967 to throw against the Ford GT40 and the rest of the best. And the Howmet TX spools up just fine to this day, as Petrolicious will tell us.
This is a recreation of Tim Arfon's "Green Monster 19." It is basically a turbine engine with some wheels and a seat. And someone drove it to 197 miles an hour.
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The early 1970s were quite possibly the craziest years in Formula One and not only because of the mammoth sideburns. These were years of wild experiments in fields as apart as aerodynamics and sponsorship structures, and they produced fascinating evolutionary dead-ends like the Lotus 56, a turbine-powered, four-wheel…
Ever wonder what happened to the Chrysler turbine cars? We hate to break it to you, but most went to the crusher. Those with a penchant for 45,000-rpm turbine engines in Italian coachwork, be forewarned: graphic footage ahead.
The Fiat Turbina is one of those odd little engineering exercises which eventually fade into the ether. As a car, it certainly was interesting to look at, beautiful even, and wore high fins way before they were cool. But the really slick stuff was under the skin. The mid-mounted powerplant consisted of three different…