A fighter aircraft was in the mind of Harley Earl, who designed this car under the leadership of Emmett Conklin who supervised the project.
General Motors (GM) had always been doing feasibility study to produce gas turbine engine cars since the late 30’s but it never got off the block. So in 1953 their research team (after seeing the success of Renault and others) forayed in to making their first car and named it Firebird XP-21.
The car with a single cockpit seat generated about 370 hp and lots of gas exhaust heat (this touched nearly 700 degrees centigrade). It had fibreglass wings and vertical tail fin like that of an aircraft. Conklin tested the car himself and it ran at 160 km/hr. This car got labelled Firebird 1 after a second development took place in 1956 through Firebird II which was a 4-seater car.
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