Design: Jet Under the Hood

On and off over the years, Detroit's engineers have cranked up substitutes for the old piston engine, but nothing much has come of them. In Manhattan last week, Chrysler Corp., which lately has been casting around for ways to bolster its sagging business, unveiled a new experimental automobile engine (installed in a Dodge Dart) and sent it scooting to the West Coast on a trial run.

The new engine is a gas turbine affair—adapted in principle from the turbojet airplane engine—which Chrysler has been working on for years (TIME, March 29, 1954). A compressor forces air into a chamber where...

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