I mentioned this early in the thread. I saw the car run twice (actually more than that if you include time trials and carburetion day) and it was amazing.
Yes, it dropped out with eight laps to go, not due to an engine issue but a bearing failure in the transmission. The following year it was wrecked and never driven again. And of course USAC pretty much ruled it out of competition by mandating an inlet opening that limited the top speed. Dan Sent from my iPad > On Sep 12, 2015, at 11:09 AM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > Hey, y'all remember Parnelli Jones's turbine car at the Indy 500, right? > Mid-late 60s? I think he ran it 2 years and it was cleaning up the first > time until a transmission bearing broke. I forget what happened the next > year, maybe a crash? Then the race organizers banned turbines. I don't > remember much about it, I was fairly young, but I am assuming the turbine > just ran at some fairly constant RPM and the tranny handled the speed aspect. > I think the advantage was it had high torque that let him sprint out of the > turns. I should study that some. > > --R > > > > _______________________________________ > 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