The trick with a turbocharger is to make the compressor (that is the cold intake size) big enough that it flows the desired air you need to make your power target and the turbine small enough that it spools at a reasonable rpm (before your engine blows up…for instance). Or…you could just strap on a […]
I first got a tip on this jet powered Volkswagen Beetle a few days ago and dismissed it because it was so stinkin’ expensive (I could almost buy half a SoCal starter home for that much cash…) but then it kept appearing in the tips box from various tippers (Matt V, Carter, Matt C, probably a few more), so…as they say; when in Rome, burn down your neighbor’s house with a jet engine. Anyway, this is one way to get a Volkswagen New Beetle to be remotely desirable, but I still think the turboshaft powered 928 was the best jet powered car, closely followed by the deathwish Turbolden Jetodore. Find this 2000 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $550,000 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
When I first glanced at the inside of this next car I thought it had only one seat. Which makes sense because nobody is gonna get into this car with you. Nobody. Not even you crazy semi-homeless friend with a deathwish and all the home made political signs on his car. However, what I didn’t see was that there was another seat on the opposite side of the engine cover…oh…this thing has a mid mounted Buick 215 V8 that is connected to a transaxle and to some tires out back. Is this some kinda Fiero prototype? Anyway, price is good, it runs and drives…what could go wrong? Find this 1977 Wedge Custom offered for $2500 in Sierra Vista, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
How did I miss this car? How did this auction get to “reserve-not-met” without so much as a peep from the pages of Daily Turismo? Surely you guys, you tippers, bear some of the blame, but I blame myself even more for not keeping my eye on the ball. The big, quad turbocharged, hairy chested, […]
Okay, this is easy. I’ve found a 60’s era Boeing gas turbine engine on ebay and you need to find me the vehicle that it should go into. A Prius, a Pontiac Aztec, a Tesla, a Model A — it really doesn’t matter the price or cost or value of said vehicle — you just […]
The term “oh pooh” handle is welcome addition to the passenger side a-pillar to many modern vehicles — typically SUV’s and the sort that might induce pants staining excitement near the edge of a cliff…but I’ve never seen a full BMX bike style handlebar setup for the passenger until this mid-engine Corvair hit our tips […]
Remember last week when I asked if the 3-wheeled Berkeley was too weird? Yeah was nothing. This next beast makes the Berkeley seem as common as a Toyota Prius in hindsight. And instead of listing it as a make-model of car with such-&-such engine, this thing is more like an engine wrapped in some polished […]
Whenever I write about an interesting car, I try to reflect some of that car’s personality in my words — perhaps I can make a unique car a bit more interesting…but there are some times when the car is so utterly over the top that I can’t say anything to improve the car. This is […]
Time to harness your inner Ricky Bobby (I wanna go fast!) with this street legal version of a trike, because not much short of a $100k sports car is going to keep up with this thing anywhere. The Scorpion P6 looks like a Frankenstein experiment involving an FSAE car and a sport bike built on […]
There is something about the Volkswagen Beetle that brings out the Mr. Hyde in normally mild mannered people. Perhaps it is purgatory-slow speeds and clack-ity-rackity noise from the stock Beetle engine that drives its owners mad and convinces them to transform the egg shaped coupes into wheel-standing coffins. Whatever the reason, we can’t think of […]