Jet-engine powered Datsun is useless, but awesome
Just fire up this video, and listen to this car start. It’s at the 27 second mark. Then we’ll talk.
Before you ask, yes, you can buy this car: it’s available for $16,000 on eBay. And yes, this is absolutely street legal; you can drive it just like a normal car.
There are, however, a few drawbacks.
The car was built by Seth Kettleman out of a 1983 Datsun 280ZX and a turboshaft he had lying around: Kettleman is a used aircraft parts dealer. Technically it’s powered by a turboshaft, but who cares? It sounds like you’re flying a freaking jet.
On the other hand, while it does accept a wide variety of fuels, it also burns twenty gallons of fuel an hour (you did not misread that). It also doesn’t come with a heater, an air conditioning unit, or a radio, so you’ll have to provide your own iPod and speakers to blast “Highway to the Danger Zone” while driving this car. Also, it doesn’t go at jet speed: there’s only 200 horsepower from that engine.
Kettleman mostly built it for fun and as a proof of concept, but we’re really hoping he figures out a way to A) refine it and B) make more of them. We need to drive this for a commute.
“Jet-Powered” Datsun [Gizmag]