Just so happens that I had opportunity to inspect then drive, for a short test drive, one of the Dodge Bros/ Chrysler turbine powered car, back when it came out.
Local dealer had one in for a show and tell demonstration, with all the "This is the Wave of the Future" hoopla.. It was incredibly noisy, produced exhaust heat that really was not managed well, and required a college degree to start and shut down. But,, all that said, once running, the power far exceeded the car design and the brakes were so inadequate I made the comment it needed a drogue chute to slow it down. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/the-truth-about-why-chrysler-destroyed-the-turbine-cars/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZUXcJf_8Lc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWev6JTI6S0 These 3 links above should fulfill your daily requirement for Auto Porn, and give you some insight into the use of turbines in cars.. Pretty sure the car I drove was one of those crushed. Grant... On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes < email@example.com> wrote: > Dodge (well Chrysler I presume) made some kind of a turbine engine car way > back in the '60s. Apparently it was actually quite nice to drive. I forget > where I read the article about it, probably a magazine, it was awhile ago. > All the issues related to startup and shutdown can be easily computer > controlled, think of all the stuff the computer does in a Prius anyway... > -Curt > From: G Mann via Mercedes <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: Mercedes Discussion List <email@example.com> > Cc: G Mann <g2ma...@gmail.com> > Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 12:56 PM > Subject: Re: [MBZ] Turbines for power and heat [was Re: The demise pf > Pruis h*ters] > > So sorry to bring rain to the parade.. > > Reality is like that. The internal combustion engine is noisy, stinks, > pollutes, and it's inefficient. However, to date, there is no practical > replacement for use in motorcars. > > The theory can be raised that mankind is inherently lazy. Horses, for > example, require incredible effort to feed, contain, train, and tame. Yet, > for centuries, they were the method of transport because humans would > rather ride than walk.. > > Go Green, Be Clean.... as long as it's easy.. > > On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Curly McLain via Mercedes < > firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > Turbine engine may make sense on paper, but in reality, there is no cheap > >> turbine engine. > >> > >> Having several decades of experience in the manufacture, sale, and use > of > >> turbine engines, including APU [aux power unit] systems, my experience > >> tells me the application is not practical for automotive use.. > >> > >> Expensive to build due to the high speed of operation and complicated > >> compressor and turbine wheel required to make a turbine engine, of any > >> size. > >> Materials needed to withstand both temperature and speed of rotational > >> components are expensive. A set of turbine wheels for a small APU will > run > >> you in the range of $20,000. > >> > >> Couple with that, the start sequence is much more involved than "just > >> turning the key". If air flow and fuel management are not correct, you > >> will > >> have a hot start and melt down of the turbine components. The same in > >> reverse for shut down sequence. > >> > >> Complicated operation requirements would not bode well to the general > >> public, who are virtually incapable of pumping their own gas or checking > >> tire pressure. > >> > >> Just my thoughts, your mileage may vary. > >> > > > > Hmmm, > > > > Could it be that when theory meets real world, sometimes the theory does > > not stand up? Naa, couldn't be...... > > > > _______________________________________ > > http://www.okiebenz.com > > > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > > > > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > > > > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > > _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com