Why aren't turbine engines used in cars?

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  • 12 months ago
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    Chrysler did a road test of turbine cars maybe 40 years back, car went OK, sucked a lot of fuel and had some driver response issues. Cost of engine would have meant high price and limited market plus EPA rules about that time were getting much tougher- this was one of same problems with Wankel Rotary cars. Mazda RX7 was limited sales until EPA got even tighter, California market CARB standards killed it in that market and rest of country was going to be as bad so no more Mazda Rotaries sold in USA. Chrysler Turbine in low priced vehicle wasn't going to happen, high priced was a 'maybe' with competition from other makers having advantage- so experiment ended for cars, some trucks tested longer. Big problem is turbine NOT a good engine for varying speed utility use, gets fairly good fuel economy at steady moderately high speed as in airplane use, not much better at idle- still sucks fuel at idle. IF you need max power at lightest weight and not worried about EPA standards then turbine on ground vehicle can make sense- a heavy Tank like M1A can use the extra power and fuel flexibility of turbine, track toads don't worry much about fuel economy- taxpayers provide payments. Turbine car using Diesel fuel might have buyers remorse when compared to Mercedes Diesel car driver that tells of range per tankful, moderate hot rodding response of engine.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Expensive and dangerous

  • F
    Lv 6
    12 months ago

    Too many pedestrians burnt to a crisp.

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  • 12 months ago

    They are costly. Inefficient. Don't work well with transmissions, dangerous since they blow out hot gasses and the high speeds of the turbine blades makes them more dangerous if in an accident.

  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Chrysler tried that back in the 1960's... They weren't practical back then and not much has changed since. Turbine engines burn HUGE amounts of fuel and need to run at high speeds to produce power. While that is OK for an airplane engine that runs at full throttle most of the time, an automobile engine needs to run at variable speeds and conserve fuel when possible.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Just the BATMOBILE...as you can see, tailgating is not possible as it would burn off the paint job on the car behind it. And is a witch to take out of a wooden garage...as the attached house would burn down. It is also the pits on acceleration from a dead stop. and cornering is also the pits.

    Maybe watch Wile E. Coyote in his attempt to catch the road runner using a turbine car. Same result as everything else he tries.

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    12 months ago

    Look up the STP Turbine Indy. The Turbine engine was too good, so they banned it.

  • 12 months ago

    Too much heat generated and grossly inefficient.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Expensive and really poor fuel mileage.

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