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Vince Granatelli's crazy turbine-powered 1978 Chevrolet Corvette is headed to auction later this month at Barrett-Jackson, but not before our man gets some seat time behind the wheel of this one-off jet-powered classic.

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TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski has taken the tiny English car firm on a ride wilder than anything you could get from a Speed 12 (pictured), and now he's riding the name right out of the car business. Telling Autocar that the production possibilities don't make financial sense anymore, he is instead repurposing the hardcore brand into "a new venture building portable wind turbines."

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TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski has taken the tiny English car firm on a ride wilder than anything you could get from a Speed 12 (pictured), and now he's riding the name right out of the car business. Telling Autocar that the production possibilities don't make financial sense anymore, he is instead repurposing the hardcore brand into "a new venture building portable wind turbines."

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We can appreciate a good track car as much as the next enthusiast, but we're beginning to bemoan their creation as a way out for automakers to charge wealthy customers obscene amounts of money for cars they're not even legally allowed to drive on the road. (As least, not in countries were homologation can't be circumvented with a sufficient bribe to the right bureaucrat. Which we're not entirely sure includes these United States.)

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Jaguar has a bit of a tricky history with supercars. The only previous example it actually built was the XJ220, which remains an impressive specimen even 20 years later, even though it never quite lived up to what the original concept car promised those who put down their deposits. Then in 2010 the British automaker unveiled the C-X75 and our hearts stopped.

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When you're partnering up to build a green vehicle, Kenworth and Peterbilt may not exactly be the first names that come to mind, but those over-the-road heavyweights are exactly the companies that Capstone Turbine is working with to generate new concepts. Working with these companies, Capstone expects to develop prototypes for both Class 7 (26,000-33,000 pounds) and Class 8 (over 33,000 pounds) range-extended series hybrid trucks.

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Jet-powered Dodge Caravan – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Jaguar C-X75 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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1982 Porsche 928 with a Boeing T50 turbine engine – Click above for image gallery, watch video after the jump

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Think F1 racers are more like fighter jets than cars? You're not far off. Both F1 cars and jets are made primarily of lightweight composites, travel at ludicrous speeds, generate unfathomable Gs of force, have single-seat cockpits, cost millions of dollars, and are developed (and operated) by more engineers than a train yard full of locomotives. And the similarities could be getting even closer if the latest reports are anything to go by.

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There was a bit of confusion on our part regarding the Velozzi concept in Translogic Episode 1.2. Velozzi does plan to produce the plug-in hybrid sports car we showed, but the concept referred to in the video was actually developed by Capstone, a micro-turbine manufacturer. That car, dubbed the CMT-380, is configured similarly to Chevy's forthcoming Volt. It employs a fully electric drive system with lithium-polymer batteries and can be used strictly as an electric vehicle by plugging in to rec

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Wimmer RS 386-hp GTI -- Click above for image gallery

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Jay Leno's EcoJet - Click above to watch the video

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The modern definition of a hybrid vehicle is any single machine with multiple sources of power. Usually, this means one internal combustion engine and one electric motor with batteries. This is again the case with the Biohazard Jet Bike, though its internal combustion engine happens to be a propane-fed turbine engine which spins at up to 112,000 revolutions per minute and produces forty-five pounds of thrust. The electric motor is powered by twenty-four volts of juice and is said to be good for

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Follow the jump for video of the 280Z Turbine

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