• Jun 8, 2010
Jay Leno's EcoJet – Click above to watch the video after the break

Oh, to be Jay Leno. The late-night-television mogul is known for lots of things, but perhaps his most interesting trait is his undying interest in cool cars, trucks and motorcycles. Unlike a number of classic car aficionados, Jay colors his vehicular leanings with a green tint, and that desire to be at least somewhat environmentally friendly stretches to such awesome machinery as his one-of-a-kind EcoJet.

Surely you remember the EcoJet. Based loosely on the bones of a Chevrolet Corvette, the silver bullet gets its name from the Honeywell LT101 jet turbine engine lurking within, which pushes out 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque at 48,000 rpm while running on biodiesel. Those formidable ponies are sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission sourced from General Motors.

Perhaps the coolest bit of all is that Leno actually drives the EcoJet. In fact, the comedian was recently spotted at the All GM Show in Van Nuys, California. Fortunately for us, the boys from ConcoursBlog were present at the show with video recorders on hand, and they've decided to share the goods with the rest of the class. Want to see for yourself? Check out the video after the break.



[Source: ConcoursBlog]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the show was free if it was all government products....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to be Jay Leno when I grow up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always thought that was a cool car, and glad to see it ended up in the hands of someone that appreciates unique automobiles.

      +1 for Jay
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure all those greenie projects Jay has tacked onto his otherwise sensible garage have a payback period of thirty to sixty years. He just does that crap to play along.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jay Leno had it built just for him. It didn't "end up" with him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes it is good to be Jay. He can drive an unlicensed, non DOT compliant, CARB violating vehicle around and the authorities just smile and waive. Don't try this at home boys and girls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God I envy that man!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like they have managed to quiet it down a bit since they first showed it running outside jay's shop. not that it has to be in order for jay to drive it.

      I mean, He's Jay Freakin' Leno!
      • 4 Years Ago
      48,000 RPM?? My oh my, those are some CRAZY redlines, wouldn't want to be in there when the engine would be rotating that fast/crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What you callin' me?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Back when I was a jet mechanic in the Navy, it wasn't unheard of to see these rev-happy engines turn into shrapnel grenades. Our small helicopter engines generally only spun around the 25,000rpm as I recall. I don't have experience with this specific engine but the claimed operating RPM does seem high. Either way, chances are good that in this application, there is a shield around the engine to guard against internal engine parts making their way to the outside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I only watch him in his jeans. anyone know who paid for what on this car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love that sound(!). I'm old enough to remember seeing/hearing Chrysler's bronze-colored Turbine car (at Art Center, Los Angeles) and never got over what fun it must to be drive a car that sounds like a jet airplane. I remember watching the Chrysler's tach spin to 13,000 rpm and, with raised eyebrows, asked the company technician if that was 'normal'. "Oh sure, of course. It's a god-damn jet!" Never forgot it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone should follow that thing around with a couple of wienies or marshmallows on a long metal fork. The car is a silly idea born of stupid money; it deserves some street theater.
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