• Jul 4, 2010
1982 Porsche 928 with a Boeing T50 turbine engine – Click above for image gallery, watch video after the jump

How often are you going to see the phrase "Flame Shooter" in an eBay Motors description? And of those instances, how often will the seller be referring to flames that emerge a Boeing T50 turbine shoved under the hood? This is one of those instances, wherein a fellow has installed a 350-horsepower turbine from a Vietnam-War-era QH50 helicopter drone in the engine bay of a 1982 Porsche 928.

In addition to the coupe retaining its conveniences like heating and air conditioning, the car is supposedly used as a daily driver. You might be able to do the same, but since the Porsche generates 130 dB at idle and the temperature around the exhaust is 517 degrees – before you turn on the afterburners – it might only be meant for daily driving in places with very kind neighbors. Or another planet. It does, however, get 17 mpg... of jet fuel.

You'll find a gallery of images below, and be sure to check out the start-up videos after the jump. The seller wants $20,000 for it, and while that might sound a little steep, it's a Porsche with a frickin' turbine, and professionally done at that. FYI, it doesn't come with a warranty. But you probably suspected that anyway.



[Source: eBay, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't really know what an afterburner is, do you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, it's rated at 550 hp. Not 350. Considerably more power and a good buy at $20K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, on the ebay auction it says 365hp, but the video says 550. And the car in the video is definitely not the car in the pictures...so...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any idiot (and there have been lots) have hooked up timed-out APUs, copter engines, and the like to their go-carts, golf carts, and clapped out trashmobiles with the same result. It's fun for a few hours, and then it becomes tedious when all the reality sets in. Next step: E-bay and the hope "greater fool theory" works as planned.

      I hope this moron still has the containment ring on that power turbine.

      Like I said, dumb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You wonder if the turbine could just run on diesel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or kerosene, which has its own pump at a gas station near me, for a lot less than diesel ;)

        Still, a neat way to recycle turbines that wouldn't otherwise rate for continued aviation use.. I still think diesel turbine power used to charge a serial hybrid battery could make an awful lot of sense, just spin it at its most efficient speed for recharging or highway power..
        • 4 Years Ago
        this should run on kerosene just fine since that is the main ingredient in Jet Fuel anyways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought one of the benefits of using a turbine engine was that it would more or less run on anything remotely flammable. guess i'm wrong?

      also thought the constant high torque made them sort a bad to use in a car. and the constant RPM / power generation.

      seems like a serial-hybrid (aka Volt / lots of trains) with a turbine powerplant would be a decent idea. since you'd get the multifuel benefits... the benefit of constant RPM to power a battery efficiently. then have the electric drivetrain do the actual work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i can think of two reasons to own this car
      1-so i can start it up and po my idiot neighbor
      2-snow removal on my driveway
      • 4 Years Ago
      skip to 2:40
      • 4 Years Ago
      awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That poor torque converter. Ask Jay Leno about the practicality of installing a helicopter turboshaft into a road car - it just doesn't work since you're riding the brakes all the time. Dumb.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it? Because I think you wish you thought of it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        if this is a free-shaft turbine, then it doesn't need a torque converter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll bet he's real popular with the neighbors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just ran out of propane and I have a pile of Hot Dogs left to cook would you mind swinging by for a few ? Beers on me happy 4Th of July...
      • 4 Years Ago
      what's the name of the song ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Top Gun Anthem", by Harold Faltermeyer (Steve Stevens playing the guitar)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Come and Get It" ? ("A fool and his money.....")
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the theme song from Top Gun. Steve Stevens is the guitarist/composer.
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