Reason Why I Love San Francisco #147: Jet-Powered VWs
You’ve probably never met Ron Patrick, but chances are, if you see him on the road after reading this SF Chronicle article, you’ll remember his name.
When bugs fly: Auto geek hits highway for surreptitious runs in jet-powered VW
The Navy surplus General Electric T58-8F is that menacing, giant cigar-like item sticking out of the VW’s hatchback. When he fires it up, standing next to it is a bit like standing next to one of the engines of a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 while the thing is about to back off from the gate. This, however, is a Volkswagen bug with a 1,450-horsepower jet engine sticking out the back, idling away at 13,000 RPM.
In the future, we will all have jet-powered cars.