GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Dec. 26, 1955


Turbine Auto. General Motors Corp. has built a four-passenger successor to its experimental gas-turbine car, the Firebird. The Firebird II's engine, said President Harlow Curtice, "gives promise of being able to operate with substantially the same economy as present-day automotive piston engines." Instead of wasting the tremendous blast of heat that comes out of the back of the engine, the Firebird recaptures about 80% of it by means of a heat exchanger, uses it to raise the temperature of intake air and thus improve combustion. G.M. does not plan to...

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