Fire wheel drive: Man fits VW Beetle with jet powered engine
You Beetle believe it. A man has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase hot wheels after building a jet powered Volkswagen Beetle.
Speed demon, Ron Patrick, 47, installed a 1500 horse power engine to the back of his blue VW beetle, which protrudes from his car like a rocket and would look more at home on a spacecraft than a car.
The car can now reach speeds of over 140mph and leaves a 50ft trail of flames in its wake.
Constructed in his garage at home, the mad mechanic from California, USA, spent a whopping £125,000 ($200,000) turning the vehicle into the ultimate boys toy.
After spending six years building it, the VW is now Ron’s pride and joy and he happily stores it next to his other jet powered vehicles that are yet be completed.
But incredibly, the Californian is yet to find out exactly how fast the car can go as the speedometer only reaches 140mph.
Despite the car being road legal, Ron prefers to grease the wheels at special shows and exhibitions. But that doesn’t stop him turning heads from time to time when taking it for a night cruise around Silicon Valley.
Unfortunately, the car isn’t as popular with the police as it is the public and is frequently pulled over to make sure everything is above board.
Ron said “It isn’t as difficult as you would think to fit a jet engine to a car.
“I’m a mechanical engineer by profession and I have studied quite a few books.
“I spent around £15k ($25k) on the car and £15k ($25k) on the engine but then another £94k ($150k) in parts.
“The car has a universal appeal to everyone, it’s a little bit of hell wrapped up in metal.
“It is road legal since the only pertinent law has to do with how much things can stick out the back of the car, in California, the law says 14″ and my VW Beetle is 13”.
“It isn’t any more or less difficult driving with a jet engine in place, I’d say you just have to be careful when backing up.
“People love the car because I think it appeals to people’s imagination, even the birds refuse to poop on it.”