By Steve Lehto
In 1964, Chrysler gave the area a glimpse of the long run. They equipped a fleet of turbine cars--automobiles with jet engines--and loaned them out to individuals of the general public. The fleet logged over 1000000 miles; the workout was once a raging success. those turbine engines might run on any flammable liquid--tequila, heating oil, Chanel #5, diesel, alcohol, kerosene. If the vehicles were mass produced, we would have autos this present day that don't require petroleum-derived fuels. The engine used to be 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 autos 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 all of the surviving individuals of the turbine vehicle program--from the metallurgist who created the unique metals for the internal of the engine to the attempt motive force who drove it at Chrysler’s proving grounds for days on finish. Lehto takes those first-hand money owed and weaves them right into a nice tale in regards to the coolest vehicle Detroit ever produced.