Received a gap in your storage and one other one in your pockets? We have discovered an effective way to fill the primary one with the cash pouring out of the second: Ron Patrick’s street-legal, jet-powered Volkswagen New Beetle is up on the market on Craigslist. You probably have $550,000 and some additional gallons of kerosene, you might be the large hit at your native cruise-in!

Patrick constructed this final rear-engine conversion whereas he was finding out for his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford College. His motive for including a jet to his bug? “In California, new vehicles have biennial smog inspections so when you modify the engine, it’s more likely to fail and you will not be capable of drive it on the road. There are some exempt engine modifications, however, none that may assist you to add 1,350 horsepower to a brand new automobile.”

Patrick’s New Beetle is an automotive mullet. Up entrance, the 2000-model-year Bug retains its inventory four-cylinder gasoline engine and automated transmission. Out again, it has a Normal Electrical T58 turboshaft engine. Usually, the T58 is deployed in tandem to energy massive helicopters just like the Sikorsky Sea King. In your subsequent used-car buy, it really works solo to create massively big flames and Knight Rider-like bursts of acceleration.

What’s finest in regards to the Patrick’s New Beetle is that it seems nearly fully inventory—apart from the large jet tailpipe poking from the trunklid, that’s. The automobile retains its nameless silver paint and inventory wheels. Forward of the entrance seats, the black-and-gray inside seems because it did when it got here from the manufacturing unit, save for a collar across the speedo housing the jet-engine gauges (tach, oil strain, and turbine inlet temperature) and switchgear and a throttle for the jet subsequent to the gear selector. The T58 engine takes up a lot of the former again seat and trunk, and the {hardware} that attaches it to the automobile’s construction is artfully executed.

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Apprehensive about the way to work it? Do not be—Patrick has thoughtfully included directions proper within the Craigslist advert. Most necessary are the three buttons: Cool, Massive Hearth, and Afterburner. “To gentle big-fire or the afterburner, you maintain a button-down and 1/2 second later press the hot-streak button on the ground. Then issues occur!” (He had us at “gentle big-fire. “) Be warned, although—regardless of a custom-built consumption display screen to guard towards FOD (international object particles), apparently the jet engine routinely sucks the rose out of the bud vase.

How briskly are you able to go along with a jet-powered automobile? Patrick does not say. “I do not understand how quick the automobile will go and possibly by no means will,” he writes on his website in regards to the automobile. “The automobile was constructed to thrill me, not kill me. That does not cease me from the occasional blast on the freeway, although.”

Patrick’s website additionally alludes to a different jet-powered challenge: His spouse was aggravated that her Honda Metropolitan scooter tops out at 40 mph, so he was taking a look at putting in a pair of Garrett JFS-100 jets to reinforce its 49-cc engine. “One engine will get a kart as much as 60 mph,” he notes. Mrs. Patrick, some recommendation: Assume very fastidiously earlier than you divorce this man. Or earlier than you keep married to him. A method or one other, watch out.