Application of Turbine Power at the Indianapolis ‘500’ 680035
The gas turbine engine has long been under study as the means of powering a National Championship race car. In the past, cars using turbine power have been plagued by inadequate power response, poor braking and unacceptably high fuel consumption. The solution to these and many other problems was necessary in order to place on the starting grid a vehicle which came within three minutes of victory at the 1967 Indianapolis ‘500’.
This vehicle acquired many titles, some of which are –“Silent Sam”, “The Wooshmobile”, “Silent Screamer” and “The Quiet Revolution”. Call it what you may, but with less than one complete race to its credit, it is destined to become the world’s most famous race car.