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Monday, May 11, 2015

One-off Corvette Jet turbine-powered custom

Is ever crossed your minds if a car uses a jet engine, and what would happen if a car used a jet turbine engine? This is what happened in a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3.

In the hands of Vince Granatelli, a son of Andy "Mister 500" Granatelli, who decided to put up a Pratt & Whitney ST6B turbine engine under the long-bonnet of this Corvette.
One-off 1978 Corvette C3 jet turbine-powered custom by Vince Granatelli. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bJA31e)
A Pratt & Whitney ST6B turbine engine under the bonnet of 1978 Corvette C3 Custom. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bJA31e)
Granatelli family involved in Indy car racing since a few decades ago. So why did the younger Granatelli want to take on a complicated project like this? Because it’d be awesome once it was done.
Interior and dashboard view of 1978 Corvette C3 jet turbine-powered custom. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bJA31e)
Corvette-engined turbine has a total power of about 880 hp and, according to Motor Trend test, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. While its creator claims can perform the acceleration in just 2.5 seconds.
Right side view of 1978 Corvette C3 jet turbine-powered custom. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bJA31e)
And this car is entirely legal use in highway. To make it happen, Granatelli must fabricate a new subframe, reinforce the driveshaft, and add the reduction gearbox to bring the engine's 37,500 rpm to 6,230 rpm.
Rear side view of 1978 Corvette C3 jet turbine-powered custom. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bJA31e)
In addition, the entire cable cars must be rewired to handle the aircraft instrument panel. The brakes were swapped out in favor of NASCAR–spec discs, as well as fuel lines and a new exhaust system. It is basically a Corvette C3 with a jet engine.
And this one-off unique car was auctioned on January 10, 2015, so as reported from Carbuzz, December 27, 2014. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BARRET-JACKSON | CARBUZZ]
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