1968 Howmet at Daytona 24 Historic 2009
This is our car with Can-Am Cars ltd in St.Louis Missouri. Its a turbine
powered sports racing car that is the only turbine powered car to win a
profesional race period. Check us out online. There are links on my (
MoMoF333sp you tube ) page.
323 MPH TurboJet car blows away Texas Speed Record
Live on from the Texas Mile, Spring 2008, we check in with Team Dewitt as
they attempt to set the new Texas top speed record in their turbo Jet turbine funny car. Producing 6,500 lbs
of thrust from a GE fighter jet engine, this car is a sight to behold.
POWERING UP A TURBINE BOAT
This boat has a top speed of about 200mph. It was designed and built by
Turbine Marine. I had the privilege of sitting in for an engine start-up.
Pretty smooth if you ask me...
NHRA Drag Racing - Drag Racing Jet car outtakes
Jet car outtakes, June 2003, Race City in Calgary. This is about as close
as you'll ever get to a jet car, more than few unique angles. Jett Force,
Brad Janishewski's Rollin' Thunder are featured
The Rollin' Thunder Jet Car is a custom moulded Honda Civic complete with
ground effects. It features a Westinghouse-built J34 jet engine from an old
US Navy F2 McDonnell Douglas fighter jet, capable of burning 30 litres of
fuel in six seconds, generating 6,000 horsepower and 12,000 lbs of
thrust at speeds of 250 miles per hour!
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1968 Lotus 56 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The 1968 Lotus 56 Turbine Indy car, driven here by Parnelli Jones, as seen
at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman is best remembered for having a lot of success
with unconventional and revolutionary racing cars. One of the most
outrageous Lotus designs was the Type 56, prepared for the 1968 Indy 500.
Although the novelties found on the 56 were not new, but the combination
proved to be a package very well worth the Lotus badge.
Designed by Maurice Philippe, the 56 was not equipped with a regular
internal combustion engine, but with a Pratt and Whitney industrial turbine
engine. Such an engine was used previously and proved very reliable. Due to
the nature of a turbine engine, no gearbox was needed. Using the proven
Ferguson four wheel drive system, the turbine engine's power was
transferred to all wheels.
Although the turbine was not quite as powerful as the turbo charged internal combustion engines used by
the competition, Chapman was confident that the four wheel drive system
would give Lotus the edge over the rest. The operation was partly funded by
Andy Granatelli's STP company and the wedge shaped cars were livered in
STP's striking orange colour scheme.
Lotus intended to enter their two Formula 1 drivers, Jim Clark and Graham
Hill and Granatelli himself would enter another two cars for American
drivers, including Parnelli Jones. Unfortunately Clark lost his life in a
Formula 2 accident earlier that year. His replacement, Mike Spence, was
struck by tragedy as well, losing his life after a high speed accident with
Lotus 56 in one of the Indy 500 test sessions.
Eventually Graham Hill, Joe Leonard and Art Polland entered the race with
the turbine Lotus. Again Lotus' bold move proved successful with Leonard on
pole, closely followed by Hill. Hill crashed out early in the race, and
Leonard and Pollard both retired with fuel pump problems. Leonard was in
the lead with just a few laps to go, when his turbine engine died.
A grief strucken Chapman had returned to Europe with Spence's body and left
the turbine Indy cars in Granatelli's hands. He campaigned the cars with
little success. At the end of the season the innovative cars were left
obsolete when the sport's governing body (USAC) banned both turbine engines
and four wheel drive.
Featured is Parnelli Jones' Type 56, which has benefited from a ground up
restoration in recent years. It is in full running order, but it is no
longer fitted with the original turbine engine. This unique racer is
pictured here at the 2004 Eyes on Design exhibition held at the Edsel and
Eleanor Ford House.
Howmet TX1 Part 1/2
start up of this unique Turbine Experimental Race car made in the late
1960s. It had success. (for a Turbine powered race car - considering the
other Turbine special race cars were 1 race only cars [like the indy 500]
and didn't do road races, much less finish 1st and 3rd a few times)
Super car driver idiots [NO pics, only videos]
I got bored with all the "super car crashes"-videos here on YouTube that
only contained PICTURES, CRAPPY MUSIC or/and clips of pure racing cars on
official racing events.
This compilation DOES NOT include pure racing cars on official racing
events - only real life FAILures on the STREETS, made by people with more
money than driving skills...
(Though, even the best car drivers can crash too of course.)
Notice 1: The "Dodge Ram" may not be a super car, but still it's a SRT10
with the 8.3L Viper V10 which produces 510hp. Pretty super for a pick up,
don't you think? It has more power than several of the cars in this video.
The intention with this video was to show that skills doesn't come with
Notice 2: Tire is the preferred spelling in the U.S. and Canada. Tyre is
preferred in most varieties of English outside North America. And I'm from
Sweden. So please think outside your box (country), you who claims "tyre"
is incorrect spelling.
Turbine Engine: full power ... LOUD!
This is more film of the GE LM1500 gas turbine engine running at the S&S
Turbines open-air test cell.
All the noise in the beginning is made by the start cart, which is a 90Hp
turbine engine. Even when you hear the LM1500 start to wind up, it's not
even running until you see the heat waves coming out the back of it.
This happens when the operator opens the fuel valve at around 2,000 rpm.
In the middle of the video, when the noise in an unbearable shriek, the
engine is turning just over 7000 rpm, and is blowing hot air out the
jetpipe to the tune of a little more than 15 thousand horsepower.
The air flow through the engine at full power is about 150 pounds per
In the view of the control room screen, the numbers are as follows from
left to right along the top of the screen:
EGT or Exhaust gas temperature in
degrees Celsius, measured just after the last stage of the turbine, which
is just behind the second green steel frame holding the engine.
Next is RPM. This engine has basically one rotating shaft, and you can just
barely see the 1st stage compressor blades moving on shutdown. Engine RPM
is of this common shaft, upon which all compressor and turbine stages are
5,000 rpm is idle speed for this engine.
Last, on the right, is lube oil pressure, in pounds per square inch. These
engines have roller bearings, not journal bearings like a car engine, so
oil pressure is mainly an indication of oil flow. A lot of flow is needed,
because the oil is used as a coolant for the main bearings. The engine will
run with no oil pressure, except the bearings will overheat, so monitoring
of oil flow is very important.
This is the same engine you see in "Starting a large turbine engine"
Note: All references to podracers will be deleted.
If you have to ask why, it can't be explained to you.
BMP MINI Cooper "S" 640 HP Jet Turbine Engine
BMP Mini Jet Turbine Engine Project Car - All wheel drive Mini Cooper S
with helicopter engine.
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