The Gyro-X Files
The Gyro-X, 1967 gryoscopically stabilized automobile or gyro car by Gyro Trasnsport Systems with design work by Alex Tremulis
Did Post War control of gyro research kill Gyro-X?
Who were the 'government boys' visiting GTS?
Why do gyro-stabilized vehicle projects disappear?
Why has gyro technology been so tightly controlled?
Great gas mileage
Superb performance
Ideal commuter vehicle
So why can't you buy one?
The most amazing automobile ever developed?
125 mph on a 1.3 litter, 80-hp engine in 1967!
Did the government cover-up the Gyro-X?
What was the Tuscan and where did it go?

The year is 1967 and the oil crisis is still years away. Bloated gas-guzzling Detroit behemoths clog the roads and pollute the air. But in Northridge, California, Gyro Transport Systems, Inc. is about to change all that.  Drawing on world class talent, such as famed automotive designer, the late Alex Tremulis (think Duesenberg, Cord, Tucker, Chrysler Thunderbolt, and more) and Thomas O. Summers, Jr, (holder of several dozen basic gyroscope patents), they build Gyro-X, a gyroscopically stabilized 2-wheel car offering superb performance and efficiency. While this is not the first such vehicle, it is a milestone in automotive engineering (thanks to Kris Bubendorfer for this picture of the 1912 Austin-Wolseley gyro car commissioned by Russian Count Peter Schilovski).

Eager to record this amazing achievement, the magazine, Science and Mechanics, forerunner of today's Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, dispatches James Joseph to take a look and take some pictures. The result? A superb article in the September, 1967 issue (reproduced here). With this kind of exposure you would expect Gyro Transport Systems to go from strength to strength and put the Gyro-X into production. But that doesn't happen. Instead, there is a black hole in the historical record. There is not even a mention of the Gyro-X on those web sites that refer to the work Alex Tremulis did on flying saucers for the Air Force at Wright Field (there is mention of Gryronaut X-1, a streamlined motorcycle that set a world land speed record at Bonneville in 1966, but that is not the Gyro-X).  Let the conspiracy theories begin...

First click on the cover to read the story:
The World's Most Amazing Car?
1967 Science and Mechanics cover story on the Gyro-X, a gryoscopically stabilized automobile This was no zany madcap project, this was the work of serious engineers, including famed automotive designer Alex Tremulis, the man who designed the Tucker and the Chrysler Thunderbolt. He also worked on flying saucers and space craft for the U.S. government.

Design work by Alex Tremulis added to the appeal and aerodynamic efficiency of the Gyro-X, a gryoscopically stabilized automobile or gyro car

Theory 1: The government classified the Gryo-X  Theory 2: The Gryo-X was just not practical
Why would they do that? What evidence do you have?
Gyroscopes are at the heart of military technology used by all branches of the armed forces: from the guns on battleships and tanks, to missile and torpedo guidance and satellite reconnaisance. The Anglo-Russian model was not a commercial success. Then again neither were early electric cars, which have now been shown to be viable, although they have faced strong opposition from entrenched interests (big oil, for example).
What evidence do you have? Are there other examples?
...to be continued... How about a single-wheeled vehicle!
What should we do? Wasn't there a kit car that ran on two wheels?
Well, if the government really did supress the Gyro-X then they might supress this web page! So I would take copious notes just in case. Yes, but I have lost track of the name and other details. If you know them or find them, please let me know.

 

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