Imagine these car drawings going 1,000 mph

The team behind Thrust SSC — the world's fastest land vehicle — have been working hard to ready their even faster 1,000+ mph BLOODHOUND SSC. And they have the 3D drawings to prove it'll be the fastest hybrid car ever conceived. » 4/12/11 4:00pm 4/12/11 4:00pm

World's Fastest Street Legal Jet Truck Looks Illicit

The Frictionator Ford F650 has a General Electric J85 Jet Engine in the bed and is the "world's fastest street legal jet truck" though we're sure kicking on the afterburner invalidates that claim. One more check-body-cant-cash jet truck photo below. » 11/17/09 6:10pm 11/17/09 6:10pm

Living With a Gas Turbine Is Not For the Faint of Heart

Remember the turbine-powered Porsche 928 from last May? Barely a year and a half after its debut on eBay, it was sold yet again—for $7500. » 9/10/09 11:00am 9/10/09 11:00am

Does UK Comedian Wish Top Gear’s Richard Hammond Had Died In Jet Car…

Daily Mail readers apparently hate Stewart Lee's bit about Richard Hammond's famous jet car crash, in which Lee says he wishes the Hamster had been "decapitated." We're guessing Lee was joking, you prats. [Daily Mail] » 8/31/09 11:00am 8/31/09 11:00am

Twin-Turbo Lexus IS-F: A Proper Jet Car Substitute

Don't think you can convince the owner of the Gilda Ghia to sell his jet car to you? A twin-turbo IS-F tuned by Fox Marketing and Artisan Performance almost sounds the part. » 5/04/09 10:00am 5/04/09 10:00am

Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé: Coolest Chrysler Ever Made

As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, let’s look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coupé. » 5/01/09 3:00pm 5/01/09 3:00pm

Jet-Powered Daihatsu Hi-Jet Pickup Up For Bids

The Daihatsu Hi-Jet pickup truck is a neat little runabout for hauling whatever you want in the a jet engine. That's right, it's a Hi-Jet propelled by a Rolls-Royce jet engine. It's even long as you're cruising down the highway under the power of the standard Daihatsu drivetrain, with the… » 10/16/08 4:20pm 10/16/08 4:20pm

Rabbit-Based Jet Car May Be Prototype Homer

We're not really sure what this is, and the anonymous submitter who was kind enough to send it in can't tell us much either. What we do know is this futuristic interpretation of the Homer » 9/09/08 3:20pm 9/09/08 3:20pm is part and was found near Huntsville, Alabama, aka "Rocket City" and home to the Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone…

Elaine Larsen's Jet Dragster Is Hot

There were some pretty dang fast Fords at Milan Dragway last weekend, but one car tearing up the strip wasn't a Ford at all. Yep, we're talking about the 300 MPH jet-powered dragster driven by Elaine Larsen. Basically, it's a Pratt & Whitney J-60 with wheels and a cockpit, and it was all home-built by the Larsen… » 6/17/08 2:20pm 6/17/08 2:20pm

Star Raider Blasts Alien Scum With Jet Engines

This sci-fi wet dream is Star Raider, a ground act for the 2007 Naval Base Ventura County Air Show. The dragster is powered by two Rolls Royce Viper jet engines and driven by builder and owner Bruce Abbott. Why it's shaped like a melted Buran and runs at air shows is anybodies guess, but the key point here is two jet… » 4/25/08 3:20pm 4/25/08 3:20pm

Hammond Vampire Jet-Car for Sale on EBay

We actually were wondering a few months back whatever happened to the infamous "Vampire" jet car Top Gear's Richard Hammond took to the obscenely crashtastic speed of 280+ mph and then did just that to it. Well, now we know. Apparently the Vampire's been stored in a warehouse about 40 miles north of London since the… » 12/23/07 7:45pm 12/23/07 7:45pm

Sinclair C5 Trike Jet Engine Swap

Clive Sinclair is largely famous for a line of groundbreaking and affordable personal computers packing as much as 48K of code crunching RAM. Sinclair also attempted to segue his success in computers into a personal transportation device known as the C5. Sales tanked, as the trike had about as much horsepower as a … » 6/26/07 2:30pm 6/26/07 2:30pm

Holy Jet Car, Hamster — Here's The Exclusive Crash Footage!

It just aired on the BBC, and now we've got it right here for you. The "it" we speak of is exclusive video of Richard Hammond's death-defying 288 mph jet car crash. And no, it's not a hamster in a ball hitting a wall — although we did think that was funny. » 1/28/07 8:28pm 1/28/07 8:28pm

Lightweight Flying Hippie Car

Driving a compact and economical French automobile is all fine and good, until you stray onto an airport runway and into the full thrust of a 747 jet engine. Hammond commentary and Citroen 2CV disintegration hilarity ensue. To be fair to the 2CV, not even Steve McGarrett's best Five-O hair style could stand up to… » 1/23/07 5:44pm 1/23/07 5:44pm


Classic quarter mile run-what-you-brung drag racing will soon be a thing of the past in Los Angeles county. With the coming demise of Los Angeles County Raceway, and the never ending march of the red tile roofed homes into what was once the middle of nowhere, the state of the California drag strip is in peril. Not so… » 1/22/07 2:00pm 1/22/07 2:00pm

Danger at 288 mph: Richard Hammond Crash Pics Released

Has it really only been five months since Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond's jet-car crash? Considering the violence of the accident — now visible though the miracle of photography, and via ownership considerations of such — it's truly amazing the guy has recovered enough to, quite literally, get on with the show.… » 1/18/07 7:35am 1/18/07 7:35am

RIP, Speedy: World's Fastest South African Killed in Accident

Johan Jacobs, the "World's Fastest South African," was killed when his jet-powered dragster flipped over and disintegrated at 300 miles per hour. The accident happened on a trial run, a day before he was to make a run at the a land speed record he set this past March, at 316 mph. He'd been hoping to set a world… » 6/29/06 11:26am 6/29/06 11:26am