November Elite Auto Newsletter

 

 


Turbo Compounding Is the Next Big Thing in Energy RecoveryInternal combustion will play a role in automotive propulsion far into the future, but not without help. At issue is the 25- to 30-percent energy loss that occurs when hot exhaust gases are dumped into the atmosphere.

Turbochargers successfully recycle some of that energy, but there are other recovery technologies carmakers ha

ven’t tapped. One that’s especially promising is turbo compounding. Learn more here

The Long-Lost Original Batmobile Is Up for Sale

The very first batmobile is for sale. This modified 1956 Oldsmobile 88 is a far cry from the Batmobile we’re familiar with, but the color scheme is unmistakably Batman.

In 1956, DC Comics (then called National Periodical Publications) officially licensed the first Batmobile to Oldsmobile. Forrest Robinson and friend Len Perham began modifying the car in 1960. They finished their work in 1963, beating the Burt Ward / Adam West Batman series by three years. The car is based on what the dynamic duo drives in the comic books; it’s a far sleeker (if smaller) car than the 1939 Cadillac driven in the Batman movie serials of the 1940s. Read more here

 

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