Guess when this gas turbined fly by wire car was made...

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Guess when this gas turbined fly by wire car was made...

Its a two-passenger, gas turbine-powered car.

It was the first to feature a single stick control system which replaced the conventional steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator.

This drive- by-wire system was used in the first experiments with automated highways.

Just goes to show there is nothing new under the sun...

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By netchicken: posted on 31-7-2007

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GM Firebird III was built in 1958.

From this neat site

 http://eatliver.com/vintage...

Those side fins at the back would be a hassle when it comes to backing into a car park.
By netchicken: posted on 31-7-2007

Here is another view of the GM Firebird III.

This time from
 http://www.gmphotostore.com...

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By netchicken: posted on 31-7-2007

Looks like it has a form of air brakes...

Firebird III was the third gas turbine prototype from General Motors. It was completed in 1958 as a two seats concept with a single shift control system replacing the steering wheel, the brake and accelerator pedals.

The body was designed by Harley Earl who initiated GM Styling center activities.

Fighter aircraft shapes are recalled in this original design, translating the conviction of the time that automobile engine would be gas turbine rather than piston engine, an evolution appeared on aircraft.

 http://www.autoconcept-revi...

 http://www.imcdb.org/vehicl...

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By netchicken: posted on 31-7-2007








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