For decades, Chrysler worked on an alternative engine design that might have provided a very flexible alternative. It ended without fanfare in 1979, and was never picked up again – as far as we know. Richard Benner, Jr., wrote: “Mike Eberhart (who works here at Chrysler St. Louis) is the guy who takes the vehicle around for shows all over the U.S. He gives rides in the vehicles (I have ridden 3 times) and for anyone who says they did ride it it, if they did, they sign into a log that’s kept here at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation, who owns the vehicle.
Mike just has it on loan to work on and transport it. He did much of the work himself to get it running and in the condition it is in.” One turbine-powered car, not made by Chrysler, was entered into professional racing at the Indianapolis 500; the turbine itself was a standard aviation unit, and the car involved nearly won, but a bad wheel bearing took it out of the race. Turbine powered cars were then excluded from racing through rules. Have a look at the history for this fascinating attempt to bring something new to automobile engines.
With the price of gas continuing to increase, many people are looking for ways of increasing their car’s fuel efficiency. The more miles per gallon you can get, the less you have to fill up and the more money you can save. While some would say the answer is to buy a hybrid vehicle, these cars are still fairly expensive, plus it makes no sense to buy a new car if the one you’re currently driving isn’t that old and is in good running condition.