Police in Dubai have been cracking down on illegal racing by seizing modified vehicles, but they probably didn't expect to find themselves in pursuit of a full-size SUV supposedly capable of speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The driver had altered his Nissan Patrol to allow it to run on "jet fuel", according to the report, and he put it all to the test when he tried running from the cops.

The report says that the unnamed driver had spent around $68,000 (U.S dollars) to equip his Nissan Patrol, closely related to the Infiniti QX here in the United States, with the new fuel tank (we'd assume it's really aviation fuel for piston engines) along with plenty of engine and body upgrades, but it isn't clear what exact modifications were made to allow this full-size SUV to run on the high-test fuel or be capable of hitting speeds comparable to a supercar. Regardless, the modifications couldn't stand up to whatever stopping devices police in Duabi use to end pursuits (referred to as speedbreakers), and after a "Hollywood-style" high-speed police chase that ended in a residential neighborhood, the suspect was apprehended.

The pilot was charged with reckless driving, unlawful car modifications, expired registration and resisting police, and he told police that his vehicle was modified at a local garage and that some of his friends had spent upwards of $80,000 USD for similar upgrades. We've all seen the crazy videos coming out of the Middle East of reckless drivers on public roads, and Dubai Police had apparently been cracking down on these drivers especially hard during the month of Ramadan. In that time (July 19 through August 18), police had seized more than 120 vehicles and are said to be investigating an additional 1,700.


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      stevenh
      • 2 Years Ago
      The report sounds a bit far fetched to me as jet fuel will not run in a gasoline engine. Jet fuel is very similar to diesel. Perhaps he used AVGAS which has a much higher octane, highly filtered but contains lead.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stevenh
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          Henry
          • 2 Years Ago
          Man, you got me rolling with laughter on that last statement. Yeah, I get the picture.
      Visnick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would someone change their car to run on what is essentially kerosene? There doesn't seem to be much benefit. Gasoline: 35 MJ/L Jet A-1: 34.7 MJ/L Jet A: 35.3 MJ/L (From Wikipedia) Sounds fishy to me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Visnick
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          Henry
          • 2 Years Ago
          What? $2.00 per gallon is not cheap in this day and age of about $4.00 per gallon and higher in some other countries?
          SamerIraq
          • 2 Years Ago
          Fuel is not very cheap in Dubai or UAE, it is cheap in other gulf countries like KSA, Qatar and Kuwait but here we are paying over 50 cents for the liter which is over 2 dollars per gallon, that may be cheap for you but when you know that the gallon is sold in KSA for around 80 cents only, then it is around triple the price of neighboring countries
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Visnick
        "Why would someone change their car to run on what is essentially kerosene?" The difference is not the fuel, it's the engine. Engines running on jet fuel (or kerosene) can actually use more of the energy stored in the fuel.
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm calling BS on this, not only would 200MPH require well over 700HP for a pickup truck to hit it, but finding Y rated tires for a pickup truck is damn-near impossible (TireRack shows 130MPH as being the fastest LT tire I could find). If that isn't enough, it would take miles of flat, good condition, unobstructed highway to reach 200 MPH.
        Marcel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        jesus, it's a 4.8l 6 cylinder engine, the same as in the gt-r. They turbo and modify it so they can get over 1000hp in the Patrol. Just search for Patrol turbo on YT and it's nothing new.
        Y664
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOWo8X84fSM with money anything is possible.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        Did you read the article? This was not in the US. In the desert, you pretty much have straight line highways with nothing obtructing your view. Besides, slower traffic do move over to the right as expected quite unlike here in the US where somebody will be doing 50 on 75 mile per hour freeway and occupy the left lane for a long stretch without any penalties.
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, do a story about my rocket fueled Megacab Ram HD, it has been reported that one time I drove it to Mars and drag raced the Curiosity rover!
      Y664
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its most likely the older Patrol with the TB48DE, which is really just a 4.8 litre rb26 (GTR motor for those who don't know). They are well known to make in excess of 2000hp and are commonly used in sand dew racing. Plenty of vids on youtube.
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Y664
        Where do you get this stuff about a TB48DE is a 4.8 RB? They might be straight 6's but that's all they have in common!
          automan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard
          check in wikipedia . "Its TB48DE engine is very famous and popular among UAE tuners..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Patrol#Fifth_generation_.28Y61.3B_1997.E2.80.93present.29
          Y664
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard
          Nope, with DOHC, NICS and VTC the TB48 is actually very similar to the RB. When you start modifying these engines and fully forge the internals it is no different than a 4.8 RB. The design is the same, more than just the fact they are both inline 6. Sorry but you are wrong.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Y664
        "sand dew racing" I'd have thought it was too dry there for them to get much sand dew. :-)
          Henry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nemebean
          He probably meant "sand dune" racing.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      200MPH? This chase could not have lasted long. There had to be twists and turns somewhere. I mean, its an SUV. No flips? No crash?
        ducksuckduck
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        I've worked there before. You could drive in the desert for hours and hours without seeing any turns. The worst thing about it is that even when you are doing 80-90 mph, it feels like you are not really going all that fast since there aren't anything to serve as some sort of reference point out in the desert.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tjink the police got out classed and had to think of a monkey excuse why they were left behind. As they say, you can't outrun the radios but I think the chief got his feelings hurt that his officers were left behind. I'll buy a round if the police don't put in a funding request for something German or Italian so they can 'keep up.'
      mike.mor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan's R&D department should look at this thing, with a little bit of reverse engineering they can start selling more exiting suv's for the rest of us.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      KPH ? maybe.
      fordawie2211
      • 2 Years Ago
      it was the old model patrol not the new http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/9229/vtc14nt7.jpg
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have seen videos of 1500 hp drag Patrols from there, no surprise.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      200mph? No.
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