HYPE & HISTRONICS or making HISTORY ?

United States
June 16, 2008 12:15pm CST
Is there a Motorhead Messiah? Is it possible to make a HUMMER that gets 60 mpg? Read about it here. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/120/motorhead-messiah.html I know enough to know that a turbine turning an electric generator charging a super battery could be efficient compared to an internal combustion engine such as we all have in our cars. But is what this guy says at the link possible? I wonder. How about you?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I think the theory is probably sound.... and it is an interesting idea. Turbines in cars is not a new idea, but this hybrid is. I seem to remember one from the early sixties or late fifties that had a turbine, but I can't remember for sure whether it was Ford or Chevy... I do know it didn't work out for some reason. That 60000rpm would be a heck of a rotation under the hood though, especially if a blade came loose. I think most anything is possible.... it is just a matter of working through the problems.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I do remember a turbine powered experimental auto from one of the big 3 that what discontined. The reason? When stopped in traffic, cars that stopped behind it at a normal interval would have their paint distorted and sometimes chrome on the bumper would be damaged. This was caused by the tremendous amount of heat from the exhaust. It was like parking right behind a small jet fighter's tailpipe!
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I wonder how many pedestrians were set aflame?
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 Jun 08
Rover(UK) did a prototype turbine Car in the 60's-I've seen it in the Science Museum,London-apart from the noise and the jet blast,the turbine lag was also a spanner in the works...maybe a small turbine hybrid driving electric motors could work..
@gewcew23 (8010)
• United States
16 Jun 08
First I would like to know how expensive a turbine engine cost. Of course I have know idea how to install a turbine engine into my car or turck. Great for him but it does me no good. It is not like you can just go to your local auto shop and ask for a turbine engine. If he can do it good for him, but until some auto company manufactors an automobile I am just out of luck.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I'd be willing to bet this conversion is at least 200K dollars. Just a guess. Until a major auto company sets up an assembly line it will be cost prohibitive.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Well this is only one Motorhead Messiah. Months earlier we were talking about another aspirant tweaking his own GM and model cars to recycle hydrogen generated by the car. The discussion "Is this BS" was it. Now the turbine could spin enough energy for a super battery and the customization is open on both technologies. Just like the last works, I'll have to see how this one goes. With rising energy costs and minimal solutions on the political side... I'm sure I'll be seeing plenty of ideas and experiments from several alternative sources, mechanics, groups, singular people, thinkers.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
Could the mythical often talked about 200 mpg secret carburetor the oil companies bought the patent for and deep sixed decades ago be about to make an appearance? :-)