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]