Radio-controlled cars and trucks can be tons of fun, as anyone who grew up piloting the little toys will surely tell you. Judging by our own experience, there's no youngster that doesn't think of what great projects could be completed if he or she were only an adult with a nearly unlimited budget. Thing is, most of us never actually pursue such ideas when we reach adulthood.

Thankfully, there are a select few that really do follow through with their childhood aspirations of radio-controlled lunacy. Like the man in the video after the break, who mounted a pulse jet engine to the chassis of a relatively cheap radio controlled truck purchased from Radio Shack (which apparently sponsored the project for PopSci). Four pounds of thrust may not sound like a whole heck of a lot, but it's plenty sufficient to get this truck moving at ludicrous speed.

Best of all, the project was all captured on video, including some on-car footage from a GoPro mounted at the nose. See for yourself after the break, and if you want to replicate the good times, a complete parts list is included at Popular Science, as well.

*UPDATE: We heard from the builder (Thanks, Vin!), who sent us a link to a slightly longer video, which we've pasted after the break.





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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sooo...basically it's a car that crashes a lot? I can do that without a jet.
      kingrat001
      • 3 Years Ago
      We put the biggest rocket motor we could find inside my "Moon Buggy" model back about 1970, and lit it "backwards", where you light it with a fuse jammed into the ejection charge side of the motor. If you haven't seen this, it normally pops, then a really nice 50's scifi movie type of flame comes out and it makes a nice sound effect and it pushes the car or lifts the rocket off the ground slowly, and then it fizzles out. But sometimes it blows up. And that's what it did to my Moon Buggy, it disappeared in a huge cloud of smoke, and we were showered with tiny pieces of plastic. Awesome.
      Vin Marshall
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the arm chair commentary is great - but listen - do any of you even own a science stick?
      Abe
      • 3 Years Ago
      this guy knows very little about science
        ilikedags
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Abe
        i know, right? did you see his sad science stick? i just wave my wang around and that seems to do the trick.
      AP1_S2K
      • 3 Years Ago
      wile e coyote would be proud
      Vin Marshall
      • 3 Years Ago
      I should probably explain that this project was part of an AD for radio shack. It had to be built with a radio shack RC car and it had to still look like that car when it was done. Not a custom chassis, not a bigger car, not ripping the body off and mounting the jet just above the axles - just a radio shack RC car.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want my 1:21 back.
      MAJikMARCer
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should have used a more stable base to do their build upon. Its clear that at those speeds as soon as they try to turn it rolls due to it's high center of gravity.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAJikMARCer
        They should mount a pulse jet directly onto the chassis of an RC sports car, not sitting awkwardly on the roof of a jacked up RC monster truck. Much more stable, could handle maybe 10 pounds of thrust without losing it completely.
          Supercujo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I'd love to see a pulse jet mounted on a hydroplane hull. That would be seriously insane
      Jim Pickens
      • 1 Month Ago

      This actually worked better than I thought it would. The big problem seems to be the non-proportional steering of the radio shack radio and servo. Swapping the body shell position with the jet engine position would have also helped. This thing would have rocked in a big wide open flat with proportional steering. Its not hard to put proportional speed and steering into these if you already have proportional transmitters and receivers from other rc vehicles laying around. Phase II PLZ

      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good times?! I'll never get that 1:21 back...
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      As someone who is involved in RC cars, this is extremely boring and stupid.
      bleexeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats, we've now found a video which is worse than a long session of bloody diarrhea.
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