• Jun 2, 2009
Jay Leno's EcoJet - Click above to watch the video

Now that Jay Leno's retired from his duties hosting The Tonight Show, he may find himself with a bit more time on his hands to devote to his many automotive passions. Jay occasionally leans towards the green end of the interesting vehicle spectrum, and that tradition looks secure as the comedian has recently been spotted out and about in his home state of California in the EcoJet concept.

It's been a few years since we last heard about the prototype car, which uses a biodiesel-powered Honeywell turbine engine mated to a rear-mounted transaxle and chassis bits from a Corvette Z06, but it's now apparently fully operational. As you can clearly see in the video pasted after the break, the carbon fiber and kevlar-bodied EcoJet sounds like God's Own Hair Dryer and draws quite a crowd when Leno randomly shows up with it it at a local car shows.



[Source: YouTube via Straightline]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      geez Jay, if you screw like you park, you'll never get it in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't see any mirrors on that thing...perhaps it has video cameras...or better yet.....radar!!! LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess if you have tons of money you can always hire someone to direct you when you're backing up, but wouldn't a mirror be simpler? Are there hidden video cameras somewhere in the back?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Camaro met an R8
      • 5 Years Ago
      I read about this yesterday. Pretty cool... um, car.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is that thing....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw this thing in person at last year's Biodiesel Show in Orlando... It looks cool from a distance but up close the fit and finsh leave alot to be desired.

      Yeah yeah I know this car is all about the turbine, but come on Jay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, everything old is new again. In the early 60s, a guy in my hometown was asked to demo one of the Chrysler turbine prototypes for a few weeks. Kind of a pre-internet fiestamovement.

      http://www.allpar.com/mopar/turbine-photos.html

      Now, can somebody explain why the EcoJet is "eco?"
        • 5 Years Ago
        The old Chrysler turbine cars got ~14 MPG, which wasn't horrible for the day, but I'm pretty sure this car's "Eco" angle begins and ends with its high-profile promotion of biodiesel.

        The great irony there is that turbine engines will run on just about anything flammable (with proper air/fuel adjustments). The Chrysler turbine cars would run on gasoline, diesel, vegetable oil, kerosene, JP-4 jet fuel, Chanel No. 5... the then-president of Mexico even ran one on tequila!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the only buggie of Jay's that I can shake my head at.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally practical green technology!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at that massive chin...





      Oh and the car's grill is HUGE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      On a related note, Conan O'Brien did doughnuts in the NBC parking lot with his 1992 Ford Taurus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He has many cars, but not so many clothes :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's the Steve Irwin of cars. Crikey!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, he's the Steve Jobs of cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I went to a taping of his show once. Before the show he came out to say hello to the crowd. Denim on Denim.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone else who noticed if he isn't in a suit on the Tonight Show he's wearing that same damn outfit!
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