Ichabod is itchy

July 6, 2006

The need for speed

Filed under: cars — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:39 pm

Do you feel that you’ve just not enough speed on your car? This from Wired

“…Ron Patrick. He wanted something unique for his 2000 VW Beetle. So he mounted a $270,000, 26,000-rpm, 1,350-horsepower, Navy-surplus helicopter jet turbine in the trunk.”


“The Stanford PhD and car computer designer spent four years making the vehicle safe to drive, but now, when he needs a boost, he just switches on an afterburner (which shoots an 8-foot-long flame out the back).”

4 years? Some men spend too much time on their cars…



  1. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way to deal with ‘tailgaters’ (the people who insist on driving just a few feet from your back bumper). “Ignite afterburners!” Just knowing that there were cars like that on the road would help discourage tailgating!

    Comment by Susan — July 6, 2006 @ 9:44 pm |Reply

  2. Just what I need to keep me young 😉 Or at least, just what I need for our marathon cross-France driving holiday organised by Malcolm — in my mind this holiday is supposed to be to get some nice quiet reading done. But we will be driving all round to see as much of it as possible on these hot August roads it seems from my ever-optmistic partner (always thinks things will take one-quarter of the time they actually do).
    A car like this would definitely help.

    Comment by Maxine — July 8, 2006 @ 8:13 pm |Reply

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