1953 | GM XP-21 Firebird I | Rear view
Hughes H1 Racer
Then there’s the Turbonique Drag Axle. Bolts to your rear diff for an on-call extra 1300 horsepower! Toodle down to the strip under your regular motive power, shift ‘er into neutral, and hit the big red button for Thermolene (tm) powered rocket action! Note that there was not only a rocket nozzle, but also a turbine that drove your rear wheels. These things existed. They DO exist, as in this Galaxie 500 with Turbonique Drag Axle installed, up for auction:
These things were so crazy that in 1966 a VW Beetle with Turbonique installed once walked away from the four-engined Riviera Wagon Master (itself capable of running in the 8’s) like it was out for a Sunday drive.
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1967 Studebaker Indy racer made by Andy Granatelli, the STP-Paxton 4WD with a 550bhp Pratt & Whitney turbine engine.