Jet bug

New Beetle with jet engine
The jet engine in Ron Patrick’s car puts out 1,450 horsepower.
Photo by Ron Patrick, SF Chronicle

Why would a 48-year-old engineer want to bolt a Navy surplus General Electric T58-8F jet engine into the hatchback of a New Beetle? Just because he can: “This is entertainment. It’s a toy, a toy for silly boys” he says. It’s the ultimate hot rod. And like most hot rods it’s kind-of fun and pretty pointless. Too bad. All this creative energy expended and the problem that was solved is “can I power a beetle with a jet engine?”

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