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Jay Leno is giving a behind-the-scenes look at how the EcoJet came about. On Leno's web site, a four minute film shows Leno and Ed Wellburn, GM vice president of global design, discussing the design process of the jet-powered car. A gallery of photos taken during the car's construction document the development from scale model to SEMA-ready.

On the video, Leno shares an interesting fact about the EcoJet's Lexan rear window. Lexan, he says, is made by General Electric, owner of NBC which owns The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, on which Kevin Bacon has appeared. Leno says he asked GE for some of the clear, bulletproof material and they gave it to him for the EcoJet.

It's a fascinating look at concept-car development we don't normally get to see, made possible by the car's owner being Leno instead of GM.

[Source: www.jaylenosgarage.com]

Thanks to Peter for the tip!


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      Bruce
      • 8 Years Ago
      Besides being able to run on hydrogen or propane, it can run on any alcohol as long as the "octane" (proof
      level, as in 80 proof for example)is high enough.
      This means the fuel is a renewable resource.
      No more concerns about other countries choking off our fuel supply.
      No more worries about world supplies dwindling and
      ultimatly causing a collapse of civilization.
      This car solves those problems and can be pollution free.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like an monster!
      Colin M.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would like to know if that engine can fit in a Jeep Liberty. My mom's V6 gets 15 mpg, 18 if she is lucky. Her Liberty is not even half the weight of the EcoJet, and it gets much less mileage. I would also like to know if they can create a 4-seater version of the EcoJet. I would also like to know if it can be sent to Germany. If anyone would like to send me some pics of the EcoJet, please email me at NiceGuy22022@aol.com with the pictures. Thanks.
      Jay
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Jay... Don't pay any attention to those jealous haters. As far as the car being environmentally friendly or not, so what! You look at the world today & you think everyone is doing their share of saving the planet?! NOT! You think the earth has gone wrong by now... wait till the far future comes ahead when all the farm lands are gone & the earth is all made of concrete! Nothing natural forsure! Just face it... this rock we call earth will someday be gone! Live each day as if it were your last! Life itself works in its own mysterious ways. BTW Jay, Love the silver Rocket car I saw you pulled up in, in Agoura Hills a year ago while I was gettin new Off-road tires put on my H1. Peace to ya! Enjoy Life!
      Mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, GM has bought out peoples retirement in an effort to cut costs......and now this? Irresponsible management.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I CAN TELL YOU WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR AND THE CARS THAT CAN RUN ON H2O. OUR WONDERFUL GOVT. DID IT ALONG WITH BIG BIZ. LIKE GM, FORD AND CHYSLER. CAN YOU IMAGINE JUST GOING TO YOUR WATER HOSE AND FILLING UP YOUR CAR FOR YOUR DAYS DRIVE? WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DIDN'T DEPEND ON OIL IN THIS COUNTRY? WE FOOLS KEEP DRIVING THE BIGGEST AND FASTEST CARS WE CAN AFFORD. THERE WAS A GUY TALKING ABOUT HIS BOAT AND WANTING TO GET INTOUCH WITH LENO ON HOW HE DOES IT. SHOULD WE FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY? NO FRIGGIN WAY. HE BOUGHT HIS BOAT NOW LIVE WITH IT. I HAVE BEEN ON OFF SHORE RACE BOATS AND HAVE SEEN THE MPH GO UP AND UP AND HAVE SEEN THE GAS GAUGE GO DOWN DOWN DOWN. SO DEAL WITH IT BOAT BOY. I AM SURE YOU CAN AFFORD THE GAS MONEY....
      Ron Johnson
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't ole Elvis drive a car simular to this in one of his movies. This is not hard to do, just expensive. Its been done before many times, only this time its getting press because Leno is a major TV Star.
      Robert Contreras
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Jay,
      Great concept car. I wish u the best of Luck. You seemed to overcome a problem that I still have by having your turbine burn very heavy oils. I have a boat with twin turbine t53-L-13B engines with a combined Hp of about 3,ooo. When I originally purchased the boat I was assured it would run on diesel fuel instead of kerosene, and this was not true.
      The EGT went 25% higher and the start fuel nozzles were constantly clogging, along with a lot of other problems.
      Would it be possible for u to forward my E-mail address to your turbine engine person to advise me on how to adjust my engines to run like your car? I would really appreciate any advice you could offer. It really sucks having to have to keep a fuel truck filled with kero just to be able to enjoy cruising around the water at an average speed of 125 MPH.
      Ray Kiddy
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know the say'ing, tell the big boy's by the price of their toy's? Wasted money in my book! How many homeless would it feed and clothe? Not to mention house!
      • 8 Years Ago
      WTF? This is NOT an environmentally friendly car. Gas turbines are extremely fuel inefficient, plus they are terrible polluters compared to modern automotive engines. The only tenuous claim they have to being enviro friendly is the choice to run it on bio diesel. Big freaken deal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Obviously the Eco part does not stand for economic.
      CW. Martin
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm so glad to see the cat is out of the bag. It was very hard to keep this a secret. The EcoJet can be seen around Northern California. They are testing some Red Line Synthetic Oils in it to make it more efficiant. I have some pictures of it on the S.F Bay Bridge. It is something to see. The comments the "General" public send in can be very, very funny. Keep it up, I'm sure Jay gets a kick out of them.
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