A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
So will it be profitable? Yes, absolutely." And what about fuel-cell technology? "Forget that - they're expensive, the hydrogen is still largely fossil-fuel based,
there's no infrastructure and ultimately from well-to-wheel, they're about as efficient as a good diesel hybrid."
"Roger Albatros, this is Tower: you are clear on runway 23."
The L-39 shudders and rolls forwards, gathering momentum in that inexorable,
jet-like way. Bob mutters, "Ok, we'll rotate now," and the L-39 greases into the sky over the hanger, effortlessly climbing up and away towards Lake Michigan. Five minutes into the flight, and we pass Chrysler's Chelsea proving ground - they don't call them fast jets for nothing - and Bob nods towards the loops of road.
"Can you see the track we developed for the Viper? We needed a bit more space for that one."