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 2 Comments- Add comment | Back to Personal Blog Written on 21-Mar-2008 by asqui

Boy RacerI'm always amused by the racket of a souped-up boy-racer speeding past in a car that sounds like it's about to fall to bits from the resonance of the exhaust pipe (or is it the oversized sub-woofer?).

If you're going to do it right, you have to do it hard-core. My suggestion to the boy racers would be to cash in the garish body kit and go get an engineering degree.

Once you've done that, you can build yourself a proper race car...

Jet Beetle

That's what Ron Patrick did! I'm assuming he's probably a rocket scientist for NASA or something, because in his garage at home he built a street-legal VW Beetle with a fully functional jet engine attached. Yes, you heard right. A jet engine.

It can do things like this:

Fireball Beetle

"The structure holding the engine was designed using finite element analysis and is redundant. Strong, damage tolerant, and light." 

Engine Mount

Wanna drag race?

(Just let me roll down the windows and open the sun roof to allow air intake.)


Visit Ron's website for details of this awesome engineering feat.


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  • written on 21-Mar-2008

    Steve says:

    Just like a lot of modified cars, fast in a straight line but not so good round corners

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