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Chrysler's Turbine Car : The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation - Steve Lehto

Chrysler's Turbine Car

The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation


Published: 1st October 2010
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Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

The promise of the jet age -- Chrysler's first "jet" car -- The fourth-generation engine : Chrysler's viable automotive powerplant -- The Ghia turbine car -- The user program : the ultimate public relations event -- The globe-trotting Ghia -- Other Ghias in America -- The user experiment -- Wrap-up of the user program -- The beginning of Chrysler's financial decline -- The problem of smog -- Chrysler's financial troubles -- Other manufacturers and the turbine -- The death of the turbine program -- The survivors -- Going for a ride in Jay Leno's Ghia.

ISBN: 9781569767719
ISBN-10: 1569767718
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Chicago Review Press