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Old 04-22-2009, 09:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by some_other_dave View Post
Turbines do not like changing speeds. It generally takes quite a while (relatively speaking) for them to spool up or down to higher or lower power levels. They aren't a very good fit for an automotive application, generally.

The Mazda Wankel rotary gives some of the benefits of a turbine engine, and is more amenable to changing loads and speeds. But everyone thinks "Mazda" when they see a car with a rotary in it. Not such a good thing for Nissan.

I'd love to see one of the "halo cars" down near 2000 lbs in weight some time. I don't think it'll happen any time soon, though.

Agreed turbines take time to spool up, but once you get there they increase HP exponentially.

This is noisy so beware alright, I tried to defeat the autoembed feature so I could jump the video for you but the forum won't let me. I tried to jump it to 2:14
Given thats alot more power to weight than any car thats not just an engine and a steering wheel will have but thats a feat people pull to compare Veyrons, Enzos and McClarens to.

Also not to mention a car is more capable of housing a turboshaft engine than a car because if you increase the bike's length too much it becomes unwieldy so its difficult to cram the components in that space. A car. . .new story.

I would definitely sacrifice my ability to stay in the lead for the first 1.5 seconds of a 0-60, 1/4 pull for the ability to do 0-60 in 3 flat, the ability to do 200 in a 1/4 mile and the ability to crank out 250 mph over winning the first 1.5 seconds.

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