Monday, January 17, 2011 11:43:38 AM
Also, the price alone just for the Jaguar name will be rediculous, as well as the new tech not helping the price out.
That's true, but the price won`t be much more ridiculous than an ICE supercar and the most expensive part of the new tech will almost certainly be R&D.
[quote]While I agree gas turbines would be pretty cool, I just don`t see them replacing the ICE, even in hybrids.[/quote]
I think they will be used to some extent, maybe at the more expensive end of the market. I think improvements in battery technology will make hybrids less relevant or irrelevant, maybe before turbines become a mainstream engine.
Monday, January 17, 2011 11:37:29 AM
Yes and no. Gas turbines do have a greater power to weight ratio and can take a variety of fuels, but they are a lot worse at idling and fluctuating loads.
I'll be more precise - they are more efficient than ICEs in the context that I had explicitly stated in my post:
[quote]The basic idea is to use an engine running at constant speed, designed specifically for that speed, to generate electricity to charge batteries that power electric motor(s) that drive the car, or maybe power the motor(s) directly.[/quote]
For a range-extended electric vehicle done that way, gas turbines are more efficient than ICEs.
Monday, January 17, 2011 8:26:02 AM
I'd like to test drive Alison Haislip. Yuck all that research money spent and this is the best looking style they could come up with it looks like a ugly clown car! No wonder we had to shovel our tax dollars into this company to keep it going.