Update: Holy Top Gun, It's The Jet-Powered VW Beetle!


Now this is our kinda Beetle. In fact, it may be the only time we could ever categorize the Beetle as "cool." It's just too bad it takes a jet engine to get us wanting to drive the round, pod-like and alltogether girly-girl VW Beetle. But yeah, we know we've posted on it before — but this time the San Francisco Chronicle has all the details (plus video!) on 50-year-old Ron Patrick, and how with $250,000 he pimped his ride with a Navy surplus GE T58-8F 1,450 hp jet engine — in fact, the President's chopper Marine One, has two of these things on it. We'll put it to you this way — it idles at 13,000 RPM. Fahrvergn gen that, Volkswagen. (Hat Tip to Mark S.!)

When bugs fly — Auto geek hits highway for surreptitious runs in jet-powered VW [San Francisco Chronicle]
Movie — When Bugs Fly [San Francisco Chronicle]

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