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Monday, March 23, 2020

Chrysler Turbine Car can run with all-kind of fuels you gave

When talking about turbine engines and cars, maybe not many people know about it. Indeed, this type of engine is more often found in aircraft or helicopters and is not commonly used in four-wheeled vehicles or two wheels. Previously we have also presented articles about the figure of a turbine engined motorcycle called MTT Y2K.
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/395czBB)
Turbine engines have advantages over conventional piston engines, such as larger bursts of power, less maintenance, and last longer, as well as a simple size. But this machine has a big weakness that makes it unsuitable to be used as a drivetrain for cars or motorcycles, besides producing very noisy sounds as well as very expensive production prices.
Right side view of the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Wsrsey)
It turned out that the installation of turbine engines on the cars was carried out in 1963  to 1964 as part of research conducted by Chrysler, one of America's leading automotive manufacturers. Yes, at that time there's a beautiful car full with a classic American aura given the name of Chrysler Turbine Car due to under the hood had a turbine engine attached.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WtDOTV)
But it is not a matter of the design of the car that is the subject of discussion this time, but its engine! The turbine engine used in this car is not like a jet (turbofan) engine which if applied to a car, can make other road vehicles catch on fire while directly behind it.

Chrysler Turbine Car is a 2-door hardtop coupe created by Elwood Engel and Chrysler's studios. The car also features a variety of modern features such as power brakes, power steering, and TorqueFlite transmission, and was coated with a metallic, root beer-colored paint known as "turbine bronze".
The turbine engine view of 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Wsrsey)
Then the body of the Chrysler Turbine Car was done by Ghia, an Italian design studio and Chrysler completed its assembly in Detroit. The car is driven by an A-831 turbine engine that has a working principle like a helicopter (turboshaft) engine and said able to run on a variety of fuels. The engine can output up to 130 horsepower with a torque of 576 Nm.
Rear side view of 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bd76tW)
At that time, the car was produced as many as 55 units, with details of five prototypes and a limited run of 50 cars for a public user program. Finally in 1966 when the program was declared over, Chrysler took all of these cars and destroyed all but nine of them. Then Chrysler kept two units, five units were displayed in the museum and the remaining two units were in a private collection.
Just for information, the Chrysler turbine engine program completely stopped in 1979, which was mostly due to engine failure to meet government emissions regulations, relatively poor fuel economy, and as a prerequisite for receiving government loans in 1979. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA]
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