By Steve Lehto
In 1964, Chrysler gave the area a glimpse of the longer term. They equipped a fleet of turbine cars--automobiles with jet engines--and loaned them out to participants of the general public. The fleet logged over 1000000 miles; the workout used to be a raging success. those turbine engines could run on any flammable liquid--tequila, heating oil, Chanel #5, diesel, alcohol, kerosene. If the vehicles were mass produced, we would have autos this day that don't require petroleum-derived fuels. The engine was once additionally a lot easier than the piston engine--it contained one-fifth the variety of relocating elements and required less upkeep. The vehicles had no radiators or fan belts and not wanted oil changes. but Chrysler overwhelmed and burned lots of the vehicles years later; the jet car's short glory used to be over. the place did all of it get it wrong? Controversy nonetheless follows this system, and questions on how and why it was once killed have by no means been satisfactorily answered. Steve Lehto has interviewed the entire surviving individuals of the turbine motor vehicle program--from the metallurgist who created the unique metals for the inner of the engine to the try driving force who drove it at Chrysler’s proving grounds for days on finish. Lehto takes those first-hand debts and weaves them right into a nice tale in regards to the coolest vehicle Detroit ever produced.
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The British got theirs off the ground a couple of years after the Germans, and the jet race was on. Soon, inspired by the successes of the British and Germans, engineers around the globe were developing turbine technology. Chrysler began researching turbines in the late 1930s, for both civilian and military use. Its leader in this field was a brilliant engineer named George Huebner Jr. Huebner had been born in Detroit in 1910 and seemed destined to work in the auto industry. His grandfather had sold parts to Henry Ford and, not believing in credit, had required Ford to pay “cash on the barrel head” for all parts delivered.
THE USER PROGRAM: THE ULTIMATE PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENT 6. THE GLOBE-TROTTING GHIA 7. OTHER GHIAS IN AMERICA 8. THE USER EXPERIMENT 9. WRAP-UP OF THE USER PROGRAM 10. THE BEGINNING OF CHRYSLER’S FINANCIAL DECLINE 11. THE PROBLEM OF SMOG 12. CHRYSLER’S FINANCIAL TROUBLES 13. OTHER MANUFACTURERS AND THE TURBINE 14. THE DEATH OF THE TURBINE PROGRAM 15. THE SURVIVORS 16. GOING FOR A RIDE IN JAY LENO’S GHIA EPILOGUE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX Foreword BY JAY LENO In 1964, when I was fourteen years old, my family visited the World’s Fair in New York.
Over six feet tall, with blue eyes and a heavy French accent, Dr. Roy spent his time looking for alloys suitable for use in the turbine engine. Roy was known for his controlling attitude; people in other departments knew they could not speak to anyone in Roy’s department without speaking to Dr. Roy first. It was also well known that you did not want to argue with Dr. Roy unless you were ready to defend your position as if it were a matter of life and death. Dr. Roy was rarely wrong, which most who encountered him found out eventually.