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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Blastolene Hemi Trike

It's hard to stand out among the customs and hot rods at the Grand National Roadster Show, but there was one vehicle that grabbed our attention. We noticed it not necessarily because of the craftsmanship, which is excellent, or the engineering that went into it, which is incredible, but by the pure insanity of the vehicle. Designed and constructed by Blastolene, the same company that built Jay Leno's tank car and the Cadillac V12-powered B-702, this three-wheeler features a supercharged Hemi V8 that probably produces more power than Zeus can muster. It makes the Dodge Tomahawk Concept look like a child's toy. We can't even begin to imagine what it's like to drive, but we'd guess it's a similar experience to piloting a Top Fuel dragster without a roll cage or any safety equipment. Awesome.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I would think you would need some sort of back rest / sissy bar to stay on this thing. Very cool, but what is the business case for building something like this? I'm sure it cost a bundle, and as impressive as it is, I would imagine there can't be many interested buyers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im pretty sure my kid has this exact vehicle in his hot wheels collection.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For all you guys who think you know that the present Chrysler hemi is the nuts, take a look at this one. THAT'S a Hemi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats what people mean when they say "finned" valve covers ????!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check out the tyre direction on motorcycles, backwards. I don't understand why, but thats how they do it. A guy I worked with had a Honda CBR100RR and it had either the front or rear going the opposite of what you would think a directional tyre would be. But this is clearly using some rubber that would be on a car..a high-end supercar..but still doesn't make sense why any direction tyre would be going the opposite way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chuck Norris will be selling fiber supplements and dentures soon -- and I doubt he was tough in real life even in his prime.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is the Chuck Norris of trikes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is absolutely awesome! But, how the hell do you see over the blower? Does it come with a periscope??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much of the craftsmanship and engineering are truly impressive. I love the front suspension and the old Jag rear end with the inboard disc brakes. The instrument cluster is also pretty cool and I can safely say that I've never seen a hemi with winged valve covers. Nice job on the wings too, with the flush aircraft rivets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any chance Jay Leno can add this to his collection?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like the batpod with training wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jay Leno's tank car exhibition held recently, its nice and covered to everyone. The hot rod's humongous V12 tank engine (1792 ci) was merely naturally aspirated, so Gale Banks and the boys at Bosch decided to fit the sucker with some twin-turbo action. The resulting 1600 hp and 3000 lb.-ft torque is nothing less than epic. More info http://www.chiefenterprises.com
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