7th February 2013

Unique historic turbine racing car joins ROFGO collection at Duncan Hamilton

Leading specialist in fine historic cars, Duncan Hamilton has taken delivery of a 1968 American sports prototype racing car, the Howmet TX. The car, which is fitted with a helicopter engine, joins the renowned ROFGO collection and is one of only two built in the world.

The engines were leased from Continental Aviation & Engineering and were prototypes from an aborted bid for a military helicopter contract. The car’s chassis was built by McKee Engineering and the financial backing and materials came from the Howmet Corporation.

The Howmet TX made its debut at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. It became the first and only turbine car to win a race, earning two Sports Car Club America (SCCA) race victories and two qualifying sprint victories in just one year of competition. Following its retirement, the TX went on to set six Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) land speed records for turbines.

Nick Maton, Sales Manager at Duncan Hamilton & Co, said: “The Howmet TX is a truly unique car in the history of sports racing and we are delighted to add it to the ROFGO collection. It will no doubt be of significant interest to many racing car enthusiasts and is one of the most remarkable vehicles we have taken delivery of during our 65-year history.”

The ROFGO Gulf Collection by Duncan Hamilton is the world’s most important single-theme private car collection. It comprises 28 of the most prominent sports racers and single-seaters ever to compete in the legendary Gulf livery, including the 1965 GT40 up to the present day McLaren MP4-12C GT3 – all featuring the iconic Gulf livery.
Duncan Hamilton is planning to showcase the Howmet TX at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 11-14 July 2013.

The Howmet TX’s technical specification:

  • Transmission: 1-speed (electric motor for reverse)
  • Engine Capacity: Continental TS325-1, 2960 cc two-stage gas turbine mid-mounted
  • Fuel: Jet A
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