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Helicopter Turbine Powered Roadster

Sweet mother of God. Some engineering students at University of Arizona stuck a gas turbine helicopter engine in a Triumph Spitfire.

Helicopter Turbine Powered Roadster (Not a turbo miata!) - StanceWorks

Read the whole build thread - these guys are my new heroes!

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The sound of this thing driving in the videos is IN-FREAKIN-SANE.
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suddenly the alfa 6 I want to put in my GTV seems so....pedestrian. That's freakin' cool, thanks for sharing!

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On the second page of that site is a photo I have not been able to get passed ... didn't think doing splits like that was possible, heck!
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I had a Spitfire back in the 70s. 80 hp was too much for that . . . . utterly unsatisfactory chassis and suspension.

What's next? JATO rockets on a wheelchair?

Uh oh. I think I just contributed to another Darwin Award winner.

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i think the soon to be 'LATE ' drive will find out about the ' bug but up' rear suspension...soon enough.

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Good Lord. Holy Cow.
Back in the 80's I took my Formula Vee to an autocross and beat a Spitfire with a 13B rotary in it for FTOD, and I thought THAT thing was badass. The only reason I beat him is he popped that transmission in the Spit like it was a hand grenade. Thing hopped up off the ground when it let go. A wonder no one got hurt. I guess this turbine Spit is using the helicopter transmission that would normally drive the rotor.

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Such a shame in so many ways. Clearly, the young people involved have that typical brilliance of execution, but a fuzzy idea of mission. A Spitfire with all that power? This results in a cartoon, much like a riding lawn mower with a small block Chevy would be.

With all that steady-state power, at least make it into a Bonneville Speedster. Or take a 2600 chassis - famous for class but heavy steering - and give it some handing due to the much lighter weight.

A Spitfire was the car all those rich daddies in Houston bought their daughters to drive to work at their first job after college - and which promptly broke down and sat for 6 months waiting on transmission parts. An embarrassing example of British crap-think.

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A little overly hard on Spitfires I think.

OP is a waste of a copter turbine.
Note the finished product is not road legal, or even close to it, no fun there.

One of my Spitfires is nearly stock, the other is getting a hopped up Buick V6, Muncie, etc. and becoming a crazy street/hill-climb car.
Really planning some serious modifications of the sort I do not see any record of anyone else doing before.
I like unique cars.

BTW, I'm not going to join their forum just to state the obvious, but they had better replace the rear differential, axles, and stub axles if they intend to ever give it any throttle.
I'm leaning toward the compete rear out of a BMW for my racer.
Some one may want to pass along the hint.

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I read it was an engineering exercise more for the controller than a functional street legal car. The turbine is just on loan and they had only 3k to make a running car out of the donated chassis. As he put it it is a 250k turbine in a free car!! they were not going to spend $$$ to make it street legal or auto cross worthy.

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That's pretty much the story. It was primarily a project to design a digital control system for the turbine. The car was just gravy.

Though if you look at the engineering and build work they did on the car, it's quite impressive!

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That's pretty much the story. It was primarily a project to design a digital control system for the turbine. The car was just gravy.

Though if you look at the engineering and build work they did on the car, it's quite impressive!
I just want to sit in it in my drive way and wind it up, just for the sound, it is insane.

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