I then remembered a trip to Oulton Park, a very (really) nice race car circuit in Cheshire, England in 1968, the same year I emigrated to South Africa. Seems I made the right choice that day, the Howmet Turbine was new and to me very exciting, it was fast, the engine turned at 57,500 rpm but weighed just 170 pounds, thats about 70kgs only, to give you an idea what that means, the Hillman Imps alloy engine and transaxle weighs 76 kgs!
Now what would a V6 or V8 pushing out around 360bhp weigh?
I wonder how many viewers of this blog ever saw or heard this car?
Try this and you will soon know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4PMalIwoo0
You knew when it was about to arrive by the sound of its motor as it can be heard from at least three corners away! It is now 46 years since I saw it racing, looks rather good I think.
More on this car can be found here http://website.lineone.net/~pete.stowe/pete_howmet.htm
What a car, I am so pleased that it still exists after all these years.