Patrick's Jet Powered VW Bug With A Navy surplus T58-8F engine
can you do with a GE Model T58-8F helicopter turboshaft engine, converted to jet?
With Ron Patricks custom VW Beetle you can have lots and lots of dangerous
fun exploiting all 1350 horsepower. This monster is powered by two engines (original
up front, jet in back) and is perfectly street legal since youre only using
the gasoline powered engine in normal driving conditions. But if youre feeling
adventurous, fire up the jet engine - which spins up to 26,000 rpm/13,000 rpm
idle - and watch the afterburner come to life. More after the jump.
car was built because I wanted the wildest street-legal ride possible. With this
project, I was able to use my engineering skills (I have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering
from Stanford University) to design the car without the distraction of how other
people have done it in the past - because no one has.
video of Rocket Bug
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