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Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation by [Lehto, Steve, Leno, Jay]
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Language: English

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"Gearheads should enjoy Steve Lehto's book." "--MetroTimes"

"A fascinating new book." "--Vanity Fair"

"""Fascinating." --"Hour Detroit"

"A fascinating newbook." "Vanity Fair""

"Extensive notes and a comprehensive bibliography contribute to a detailed, entertaining meander through the history of 'Detroit's Coolest Car.'" "New York Times""

"The story of Chrysler s lengthy involvement with turbine power is related with enthusiasm and in fascinating detail." "Globe and Mail""

"Steve Lehto gives the most detailed and in-depth analysis of the men behind this amazing auto. Here is what happened to their dream of building a gas-turbine car." --Jay Leno

"A fascinating example of engineering and product development . . . Motorheads will love it." --Library Journal

"Extensive notes and a comprehensive bibliography contribute to a detailed, entertaining meander through the history of 'Detroit's Coolest Car.'" --New York Times

"A fascinating new book." --Vanity Fair

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Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6991 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (1 October 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050QIO02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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