• May 16, 2008
Follow the jump for video of the 280Z Turbine

This video was uploaded to YouTube in 2006, so yes, we know it's old. Make a snide "SLOW NEWS DAY? THIS IS OLD!" comment at your own risk. As for us, we saw it for the first time Tuesday night as a "related video" on the Turbine Porsche 928 clip. Chances are, this'll be a first viewing for a good number of you, too. You're in for a treat, because not only do you get the full 280ZX Turbine aural extravaganza, you get a nicely-edited video with desert road fly-bys and a sweet interior shot of the instrumentation while underway. We're starting to think that our lives are incomplete without a turbine car in the Autoblog permanent garage. We nominate Neff's Alero for a transplant. The video's embedded after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, if my Legacy's engine ever takes a a crap I'm doing this.

      AWD TURBINE 5-SPEED FTW!!!!1!!!1!!!ONE!!11
      • 6 Years Ago
      No! It's a 280zx.

      piss.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sounds awesome. Wonder what the 0-60 is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?!?!?!

      (I mean the car, not the posting of the article BTW.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can also fill the tank with pretty much anything, kerosene, diesel, biodiesel, alcohol - mix and match!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ... the blood from a drunken homeless man, etc...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That would be pretty insane to drive, wowza.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about engine dynamics? Can it accelerate and stop its turbine like engine on a normal car, or is it like a plane, rev up for a few seconds, release brakes, accelerate, maintain speed, and then slowly decelerate?
      • 6 Years Ago
      let's see....

      a turboshaft engine that spins at a high rate of speed. makes comparatively low horsepower, but loads of torque. Fewer moving parts, no reciprocating motion, thus little loss of inertia. truly flexible fuel.

      Then we have CVT transmissions that seamlessly transfer torque from a steady source to a variable speed output.

      and we have electric generation, regenerative braking, and in-hub electric motors that make truly flat torque curves over a wide range of shaft speeds, without a gearbox.

      Somehow I am thinking both of diesel turbine electric hybrid locomotives (which have been around a while now), and simultaneously high-performance future hybrid car that might actually make some sense, with a minimum of battery fuss, being relegated to only the most necessary capacitance.

      Could be interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that Honda Zest Sports G (Dynamic Special) would make a great recipient for a turbine implant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would certainly make it more dynamic. And special. Not sure if it would make it any zestier or not, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what the horsepower is on this? The Boeing 502-6 turboshaft engine in the 928 sounded cool, but is only rated at 160 bhp.
      http://www.boeing502.com/

      However, this one does look more, er, energetic in action.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not so much horsepower as it is torque. I mentioned in my other post that the Chrysler turbine car in the '60s had 130hp, but 425ft-lbs of torque @ stall. And since torque is what most people are really after... I'd say that 928 was respectably peppy.
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