There are not that many opportunities anymore to get your hands on a functional (we think) and literal piece of drag racing history. This is one of those times as the original Untouchable jet dragster has come up for sale. Built by Romeo Palamides in the early 1960s, this thing is a half century old and from the visual appearance of it in photos is actually half way cool looking. Power comes from a J-47 engine that makes 6,000lbs of thrust, the driver’s cockpit is literally on the tip of the spear, and we promise no one in your town has one. The big question of course is what to do with something like this. You cannot run it at full speed on a track because, well, death. Romeo’s stuff was not ever known to be exceptionally nice even when brand new so the toll of time over a half-century is likely to have made stuff even scarier. You totally could get the turbine back into working order and do smoke and fire shows at vintage/historic racing events. Burner pops and a fire … [Read more...] about The Untouchable Jet Dragster Is For Sale J-47 turbine
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When the 1960s rolled around, all of a sudden every single assumption anyone ever had was open to debate: Who says those guys can’t vote? Who says that particular half of the population has to stay home and raise babies? Who says race cars have to be powered by piston engines mounted in the front? Racing at Indianapolis was one of the many apple carts overturned by the tumult of that decade. First, the engines shifted to the back, behind the driver. Then, the whole idea of internal combustion got a rethinking. Why, for instance, did power have to come from pistons thwack-thwack-thwacking up and down in a line? Why not try something completely different? Only a few short years after the rear-engine revolution at Indy, along came Andy Granatelli, STP and Pratt & Whitney to upset the whole apple cart again with the gas turbine, a massive side pod of a goiter slung onto the car next to the driver like a gargantuan, 171-mph sausage delivery wagon. Granatelli Turbine IndyCar … [Read more...] about We drive the Granatelli STP Turbine Indy car!
When it first debuted, the Bugatti Chiron was nothing short of hypercar history. The tradition continues with the 2018 Bugatti Chiron specs, which are more impressive than its predecessor. What’s more, this powerhouse is a dream to drive, with fluid steering, seamless handling and enormous power under the hood. Topping out at 261 mph, the Chiron speeds from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds thanks to an 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine pumping out 1,479 horsepower. Even with its overwhelming speed and power, the Chiron offers a smooth and inviting road experience. The Bugatti price may seem overwhelming, but the below specs justify the price of admission. Top 10 Fastest Quarter Mile Cars Styled in classic Bugatti fashion, the exterior boasts the trademark shape and sleek lines. The hypercar’s rounded shape and bullet-like profile exude speed and ease. The interior of the vehicle is a mix of modern stylistic approach … [Read more...] about 2018 Bugatti Chiron Specs, Photos, Price, & Review
With a $980,000 price tag and amazing performance specs, the Rimac Concept_One isn't even attempting to masquerade as a responsible choice. (Courtesy of Rimac Automobili) Building a concept car is a tricky endeavor, even under the best of circumstances, because it requires a significant investment in time and resources. When the organization is a start-up rather than an established manufacturer, and it's led by a very, very young engineer, the task looks even more daunting. But Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac strongly believes in the potential of electric cars, and set out to prove that they can deliver power and reliability worthy of his claim that the Concept_One is "the sports car of the 21st century" [source: Isaccson]. Mate Rimac decided to design from scratch, and hand-build, the best car possible. He started working on the Concept_One when he was just 21 years old [source: Rimac Automobili]. The Concept_One is an ambitious project for an engineer of Rimac's age, but … [Read more...] about How the Rimac Concept One Will Work
It's 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late.Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, standing in one of the world's most high-tech cities and I have to walk. I don't even get to do it in self-lacing shoes.I'm in Tokyo for Uber Elevate, Uber's third conference outlining its plans to get flying cars off the silver screen and into our skies in as little as two years. It's a lofty ambition, but Uber has partnered with some big names in aviation and picked up its share of NASA alumni to help it get there.The goal? UberAir. A future transport network in which air travel is as easy and on-demand as Uber rides are now. As simple as "push a button, get a flight." Sounds like science fiction? Uber is adamant it can happen. "It might be something that exists in sci-fi fantasies, but we want to make it real here," says Uber's head of aviation, Eric Allison. "These vehicles are past the research phase and we're now at the … [Read more...] about How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground