By Steve Lehto
"Fascinating." —Vanity Fair
"A pleasant history." —Wall road Journal
In 1964, Chrysler gave the area a glimpse of the long run. The automaker outfitted a fleet of turbine cars—automobiles with jet engines—and lent them out to participants of the general public. The fleet logged over one million miles; the workout was once a raging success.
These turbine engines may run on any flammable liquid—diesel, heating oil, kerosene, tequila, even Chanel No. five. If the automobiles were mass produced, this present day we'd have automobiles that don't require petroleum-derived fuels. The engine was once additionally a lot easier than the piston engine—it contained some distance fewer relocating elements and required less upkeep. The automobiles had no radiators or fan belts and not wanted oil changes.
Yet Chrysler overwhelmed and burned lots of the vehicles years later; the jet car’s short glory was once over. the place did all of it move wrong?
Steve Lehto has interviewed the entire surviving contributors of the turbine automobile application, from the metallurgist who created the unique metals for the inner of the engine to the try motive force who drove it at Chrysler’s proving grounds for days on finish. Lehto takes those firsthand bills and weaves them right into a attention-grabbing tale in regards to the coolest vehicle Detroit has ever produced.