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Video: Jet Turbine Engine-Equipped Dodge Caravan

Posted in Car Photography, Car Tech, Chrysler, Custom, Dodge, Fast Cars, Mechanics, Racing by Suzanne Denbow | October 20th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Unlike a the typical thrust-driven jet engine, the jet turbine pictured above has been reconfigured deliver power to the wheels and can average an estimated 1/8th of a mile in 7.56 seconds at 96mph. According to super Caravan’s engineer, Chris Krug, the engine is a Rolls Royce Nimbus 105 that produces approximately 1000 shaft horsepower at 2100 rpm. The chain drive steps it up by 1:2.25 and the rear axle has 3.50:1 gears soon to be replaced by 3.25:1 gears. When questioned about the seemingly odd placement of the exhaust manifold, Krug explained, “The jet exhaust is at wide angles for the helicopter application it was in. They wanted the exhaust to go away from the tail boom and have just enough velocity to keep the hot exhaust from being recirculated into the intake. The exhaust provides no thrust, it’s all shaft driven but I do spray fuel into the exhaust to make some smoke and fire. It’s funny how people think a jet engine isn’t working properly if fire isn’t spewing out the back, unless it’s the engine on the passenger jet they’re sitting in…”

Hit the jump for close-ups of the Jet Turbine Van

Source: HackedGadgets.com

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