Desert Runs In A Turbine-Powered Datsun 280Z

While the turbine-powered Porsche 928 we found on eBay was admittedly pretty neat (and ended up selling for a measly $7,150), the accompanying video didn't really prove the car's kerosene-guzzling potential to us. Not so with this turbine-enhanced Datsun 280Z. This baby proves its mettle with Knight Rider-esque high-speed desert runs. Over and over again. Aside from the repetitive cinematography, we do get a glimpse of some rad digital gauges straight out of the turbo-boost era along with a glorious turbine symphony. Mmmmmm, high RPM goodness. [Youtube]

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The MPG at low speeds is apt to be pretty awful, but once up to cruising speed it might do okay.

All the back-and-forthing sets me to thinking, the Star Trek theme ought to be wailing along in the background.

This is one of the very few cars for whom a 4" diameter coffee-can tailpipe is simply too damn small.