Gayest. Batmobile. Evar.

Street Legal Jet Powered Beetle


31 Responses:

  1. waygroovy says:

    is that a jet engine sticking out of your ass, or did you just get too excited?

  2. I'm amused that it has the stock casette player.

  3. iota says:

    Any device with the following three settings is automatically exempt from gayness:
    Cool, Big-Fire, and Afterburner

  4. kfringe says:

    The guy even has jet scooters for Robin.

    And I thought I had too much free time.

  5. lars_larsen says:

    My guesstimation is that given enough time to get up to speed, this thing could go fast enough to pull the tires off the rims from their own inertia. He'd probably run out of fuel first though.

    • tfofurn says:

      So running out of fuel is a safety feature at that point?

    • jkonrath says:

      I don't think pulling tires off the rims would be your problem. Your problem would be when you eventually needed to stop, and all you had was the tiny little stock brake rotors. He might be wise to invest into some kind of parachute.

      • lars_larsen says:

        Considering aerodynamic drag quadruples every time you double your speed, I'd say it would slow down pretty fast on its own once you cut the power at insane speeds. You'd need a long straight track to even get this thing to high speeds, like a dry lake bed. If you've got space to get up to speed, you've got space to coast before you brake.

        You're right though. The first thing you should modify on a racecar is the brakes. There is no point in going fast if you cant stop.

        I doubt he's ever used this thing for thrust. The acceleration would be very slow, with a very high top end speed. Its sort of like putting an ion drive on a car. Not much point.

        He probably just likes melting peoples bumpers. Exhaust gasses from a turbine are in the 600-800C range. "Do not tailgate me or I'll melt your bumper and explosively vaporize your radiator coolant."

        This car would actually be cool if the turbine was attached to a gearbox and linked to the driveshaft like it was intended to do in a helicopter. THAT would be some serious power.

  6. martling says:

    "I was thinking of putting it into an import car show but the promoter told me that it looked too plain and recommended that I put some decals on it, lower it, and put on some aftermarket wheels."


  7. equiraptor says:

    The ultimate in, "Don't tailgate me, bitch."

  8. buz says:


    Whenever the load upon any vehicle extends, or whenever any
    integral part of any vehicle projects, to the rear four feet or more
    beyond the rear of the vehicle, as measured from the taillamps, there
    shall be displayed at the extreme end of the load or projecting part
    of the vehicle during darkness, in addition to the required
    taillamp, two red lights with a bulb rated not in excess of six
    candlepower plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to
    the sides and rear. At any other time there shall be displayed at
    the extreme end of the load or projecting part of the vehicle a solid
    red or fluorescent orange flag or cloth not less than 12 inches

    ...Shit. I thought I had him.

  9. Dude... Slashdot beat you to this one, it was posted in May.


  10. let's just hope the hyphy movement doesn't find out about this or there will be huge flames up and down eleventh street every weekend...

  11. telecart says:

    Damn.. And I thought my flatmate was cool for modding his car-panel to blue LEDs and adding a Firewire jack to charge his iPod..

  12. thefrank says:

    So now people can have their car be a metaphor for their penis without having to upgrade to those enviro-unfriendly monster trucks and Hummers? Shweet!

    • scjody says:

      OK, what parallel universe do you live in where jet engines are considered environmentally responsible?

      • thefrank says:

        I'm not good with math but I suspect there are more people driving environmentally unfriendly Hummers and SUV's than there are modified VW bugs with jet engines on the back.

        In my parallel universe, "eco-friendly" celebrities and politicians fly around the globe in luxury jets rather than travelling commercial.