Keith Hylton would like to take the technology from the Indy 500’s most famous machines and bring it forward as the core of the sport’s next-generation race car.
The former open-wheel team owner has commissioned conceptual designer Andries Van Overbeeke to create the T1 turbine, which takes a page from the STP Turbines and Lotus Turbines that rocked the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the late 1960s before they were effectively banned from competition.
According to the T1 group, it was created to take the “Rolls Royce Turboshaft Turbine 700hp engine with Full Authority Digital Electric [technology, and] the turbine will provide 2,000 [hours] of run time between major overhauls.”
Van Overbeeke has also designed the T1 Turbine to use “a constantly variable transmission for power transfer, effectively creating an automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of ratios.”
A full canopy has been incorporated into the T1, and on the materials front, the chassis, “suspension, and bodywork will be constructed of graphene impregnated carbon fiber to increase the overall strength and rigidity. In the primary impact zones of the car, graphene foam will be used to further cushion the driver from injury. A sprung rear bumper has been added to rear of the car to reduce the risk of tire to tire .”
Hylton has funded the project through the design phase and will look for interested parties to bring the T1 Turbine to life through orders or investments in the program. Finding a home for the car in existing racing series could be a challenge, but if he’s successful, Hylton would welcome seeing his concept replace some of the less inspiring creations in the sport.
“As you may have noticed, many of the major systems of this concept have been banned by the various racing organizations over the years,” he said. “[And] despite being the better idea, they did not fit the regimen at the time. We are under no such restriction and think that by bringing back these ideas it could provide a way forward.”