Prototype Rover gas turbine motor car, JET 1

Made:
1946-1950 in England
maker:
Rover Company

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Arrival of Rover Jet Car at Museum. Black & white photograph from the Science Museum Photo Studio Archive
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Rover Gas Turbine Car 1948 - general view. Black & white photograph from the Science Museum Photo Studio Archive
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Prototype Rover gas turbine motor car, JET 1, 1946 - 1950. The car itself is a standard Rover 75 saloon, converted to an open two seat body and having Girling disc brakes on all four wheels. The engine unit is a two-shaft Rover T.8 gas turbine which develops 200 H.P. at 40,000 compressor r.p.m. Neither a conventional clutch or gearbox are used. The drive is taken directly from the power turbine shaft to the differential rear axle.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1958-80
Measurements:
overall (approximate): 1350 mm x 1440 mm x 4380 mm, 1270kg
type:
private cars
credit:
Rover Car Co. Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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