• Mar 20, 2011
Jet-powered Dodge Caravan – Click above to watch video after the jump

There are two ways to do jet-powered vehicles. On one hand, you have the deliciously simple and effective method of strapping a used jet engine to a car or truck, and letting the thrust do the rest.

On the other, slightly more complicated side, you can attach a turbine to a shaft drive, translating the thrust to the rear wheels via a differential. Both are viable, albeit expensive, ways of adding jet propulsion to your car. But which is faster?

SPEED took it upon itself to find out, pitting a thrust-powered Chevrolet S-10 against a shaft-driven Dodge Caravan. The Caravan uses a helicopter engine hooked to its rear wheels in conjunction with its standard gas engine up front. The truck relies solely on good, old-fashioned thrust. Click past the jump to see who's faster over an eighth-mile drag strip.

[Source: Streetfire]


Car Science: Jet Truck vs Minivan


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Rockets =/= Jet turbines. Enough said
        • 3 Years Ago
        This comment is refering to it irrelevantly showing the space shuttle at the beginning of the clip when both cars are powered by turbines. I do engineering, I can tell...
        • 3 Years Ago
        There were two different ways to read the post. A proverbial flip of the coin, and I read it the other from intended.

        Thanks for the reply Razgriz

        • 3 Years Ago
        DasBoot & Razgriz

        Quit being nice to each other, this is Autoblog.

        You are not supposed to have a thoughtful discussion. You are supposed to be mean and nasty and not come to any understanding.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not enough said Razgriz; time to spend a few minutes studying engine design. Two very different beasts.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No probs DasBoot. I get your point there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an old jet mechanic, I can say that the outcome was no surprise but, it was still fun to watch! ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      that's the only time i would be happy to drive a mini van.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It seems pretty hot
      • 3 Years Ago
      now where was the car "science" ?
        • 3 Years Ago
        DTM,

        Your comment is just plain STUPID.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. This show could have been so interesting, but thanks to the fact that FOX owns SPEED, it's just stupid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You dont need nine Chargers to run as fast as the pickup, just one. And why show video of the Shuttle rocket engines and then jet turbines on the vehicles. Stupid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Entertaining!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes entertaining but why 1/8 of a mile?
        Thats how far I walk every day to take the garbage out in my apartment complex.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know they left the trans in place if for no other reason than to have some balast. But I think they should have definitley pulled it out to a 1/4 mile. Would have been much more entertaining. Entertain yourself with the free g ames at HTtP://Bit.LY/f6goUk just dlick the page called by that name.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @katshot: That may be true, but, with the front engine / trans still in place, we'll never know for sure.

        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm assuming it's 1/8 of a mile because they wanted the dual-drive minivan to win.

        As far as I'm concerned, this is a fail for what it wants to be. They should have removed the ICE drive from the minivan, for true jet thrust v jet drive - at most, run with the trans in neutral.

        And it should have been 1/4 mile, like a normal strip.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, as I watched the video, I couldnt help but laugh to myself and agree with women when they say "men are just overgrown boys with more expensive toys". Funnier still is Im willing to bet that if every man on earth had access to a turbine and an old, spare vehicle, we'd probably all attempt the same feat. lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      The narrator seems happy whilst announcing war on the Kyoto Protocol.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or him being a cop telling someone's husband or wife won't be coming home today.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, with cars like this they should have used a 1-mile strip.
      And did I hear right, they were only running 7s in the 1/8 with 1000+hp?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jet engines make power on a logarithmic scale. I remember reading that even Richard Noble's thrust 2 would be beat to 90 km/h by a vw rabbit, but once it got going, nothing short of a jet plane would catch it.
      Chris Krug
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's my van. it dynoed 575 rear wheel horsepower and 136 front wheel horsepower with the air conditioning running. It was built after some alcohol induced "technical conferences" between me and my friends. We all agreed it would be fun and pointless and so far that's exactly what it's been! I drive it everywhere and I've run 12 seconds in the 1/4 with just the turbine, and 10.95 using the turbine along with the stock 3.8 V6. I don't have enough time to see what the stock V6 would propel it's 5200 pounds to in the 1/4. Best speed in the 1/4 is 128 mph. This was on Kelly Explorer radials. I have less money than everyone thinks in this thing, It's a product of hard work and spending money wisely. I'm still looking for that rocket engine they keep mentioning, there's one on the van somewhere.......
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