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.
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.
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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