Science: Turbo-Whizzard

If British hopes pan out, the low-pitched roar of auto traffic may turn to a thin, high whine. Last week at Silverstone race track, Warwickshire, the Rover Co. of Birmingham showed off a gas-turbine sport coupé. Its unofficial name: the Whizzard.

Made out of a stock-model Rover, the Whizzard has three chrome-decorated air intakes in its sides just ahead of the rear fenders. The engine, placed behind the driver's seat, has two exhaust vents. The car, which looks much like an ordinary car on the outside, is not jet-propelled. Its fuel burns in two combustion chambers, producing a gas stream that spins...

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