Sedan Spares

Gas turbine experimental car

Despite the difficulties experienced with the jet engine project, [bg_collapse view=”button-green” color=”#4a4949″ icon=”eye” expand_text=”Show More” collapse_text=”Show Less” ]Rover was interested in the development of the gas turbine engine to power vehicles.[16] In 1945, Rover hired engineers Frank Bell and Spen King away from Rolls-Royce to assist Maurice Wilks in the development of automotive gas turbines.[17] By 1949, the team developed a turbine that ran at 55,000 rpm,[17] produced more than 100 horsepower (75 kW),[18] and could run on petrol, paraffin, or diesel oil.[19] Rover’s early turbine engines consumed fuel at a rate much greater than piston engines, equivalent to 6 miles per imperial gallon (5.0 mpg‑US; 47 L/100 km). Although fuel consumption was later reduced by using a heat exchanger, it was never as low as that of contemporary piston engines.[19][/bg_collapse]