• Aug 9, 2010
School Time Jet Bus – Click above to watch video after the jump

Riding the bus to school was never exactly a pleasure cruise, but when we turned 15, it suddenly moved from a lower form of torture like water boarding and squarely into the realm of driving bamboo under our fingernails. Having tasted the freedom afforded by piloting the family Suburban into the high school parking lot with a pale, wide-eyed parent pleading to various deities from the passenger seat, being forced back into the worst possible interpretation of public transportation was an insult too great to stand.

Things might have been different if we'd been riding this beast to school.

Built by Paul Stender and his crew of mad scientists at IndyBoys, Inc, the School Time Jet Bus is a 35-foot long cheese wagon with a 42,000-horsepower GE J-79 jet engine borrowed from an F4 Phantom. While most of the vehicle is a complete custom creation, it can still seat up to three passengers. Did we mention it shoots 75-foot flames? According to the IndyBoys web site, the bus is built to topple the 350 mph barrier, but it's unclear as to whether or not anyone has been brave enough to get the bus close to that speed. Hit the jump for a video of the creation showing off at an airshow. Thanks for the tip, Lawrence!

[Source: CNet]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just because I wear a helmet on the bus doesn't mean I'm in special ed..
        • 4 Years Ago
        No but it looks like your wheel base is correct.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wild!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This beast will be at the Westfield Air Show in Westfield Mass next weekend.

      http://westfieldairshow.net/index.cfm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I watched this over the weekend, looks fast enough for me, whether it's 350 or not, that thing bolts down the runway. And there is absolutely no way I would opt for a ride on that thing, I don't mind watching from the side lines, looks like a giant missle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      driver needs to stop putting del taco burritos in the gas tank!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is beyond awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh my lord... what a monster.


      I want one... Lemme see the cops chase this.. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting, what happens to all the un-burned Kerosene?

      Cough, cough, cough!

      What else can money be wasted on?
      • 4 Years Ago
      All that bus needs is wings and it's air born.This would make a good show for myth busters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets see how fast it goes around the Top Gear track. I'd love to see that thing go around Gambon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally kickass!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but I am not seeing 350mph in that video. Not even close.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Vizel: Please share.

        When I do rough numbers, I see that:
        * roughly 2x the power required for 350 mph vs 267 mph
        * roughly 6x the aerodynamic drag of the bus (50 sf) vs Bugatti Veyron (8 sf)
        = roughly 12x the Bugatti power (1000 hp) is required

        So the jet engine needs to make at least 12,000 hp at 350 mph.

        Is that what you calcuated?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the claimed "42,000 HP" rating is correct, then 350 mph would be possible.

        However, I think they've confused the total thrust of a twin-engine F-4 and called it HP.

        The F-4 has two engines, each producing 18,000 to 21,000 lbs thrust. Thrust isn't the same as HP, but using a very rough number of 20 lbs thrust per HP (like a boat), we're looking at roughly 1000 HP.

        A Veyron has 1000 HP and tops out at 267 mph. It is much smaller and sleeker.

        I call BS on the 350 mph claim.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H.

        The definition of HP is thrust (force) times velocity (speed). Simply put, it's 1 lb thrust @ 33,000 ft/min, or 550 ft/sec.

        F4 has max speed of 1400 mph, but only at altitude. Assume it's 1000 mph, which is 1466.67 ft/sec, then the hp would be: 40,000 lbs * 1466.67 / 550 = 106,666 hp.

        Now, 1000 mph may still be optimistic, but as we can see, 42,000 hp is definitely not far off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even at that "low" speed I'm fairly certain I would have soiled myself if I were in that bus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just did some physics (assuming couple of factors such as weight of the schoolbus, drag coefficient) 350 mph is definitely theoretically possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah. I don't think 350mph is possibly, with the aerodynamics of a brick and all. If it could get that fast, it'd probably flip or be highly unstable, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's a huge difference between the amount of power required to push something that big through the air, and something being controllable/drivable/STABLE at such speeds. With a body like that I bet it would flip over or self destruct before it hit 350.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Strap some airliner wings to that baby and let her loose. Can it do 350? eh... I don't really care. It's dang cool no matter how you look at it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Sorry, teach, but the school bus burned my homework."
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