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eek Would you buy a GTHO if...

.....it was powered by a turbine engine,that was capable of 1500shp and 3800ft lb torque. Can run on almost any fuel,without adjusting the engine,e.g. ulp,kerosine,diesel,jeta1,lpg.

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Ford did experiment with turbines in the 40's & 50's it's not inconcievable they could use them now what with fuel costs etc,and their huge power advantage.Given that a turbine engine can push a 69.9 ton Abrams tank to 42mph,imagine what it could push a 1700kg (avg)Ford to.

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Can you expand on the concept of turbines?

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Turbine engines such as those used on jet aircraft,helicopters,power stations and ships. The turbine that powers the Abrams battle tank is a modified helicopter engine.For a more detailed description just do search on the net with" turbine engines"and it should bring up a site called how stuff works. There's one bloke on there a kiwi from memory made his own beer chiller from a mazda turbocharger,which is a turbine without combustors/igniters. Hope this helps.

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Would it be more costly to run than the current engines? ie. maintenance costs, fuel costs, replacement parts, fuel usage?

Also would it make the price of the car way to high?

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From what I know(limited)the Ford experiments had fuel consumption@22mpg,there are less parts in turbine engines than reciprocating engines so maintenance should be less.Imo i think it would cost about the same as now but given the advances from the 50s to now it could be cheaper.

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Do you think it'll pass emissions regs?

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