VW Beetle with 1350 HP Turboshaft Engine

Turbo charged VW Beetle

I attended the AIA National Convention 2009 in San Francisco on April 30th and stumbled onto a booth with a VW Beetle with a 1350 horsepower helicopter turboshaft engine that was converted to a jet engine. The booth representative said “Oh this is the car that was on the David Letterman Show”. Well a quick trip to the internet found that to be true. Apparently the engine spins up to 26,000 RPM (idle is 13,000 RPM), draws air at 11,000 CFM. The engineer Ron Patrick of San Francisco has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and wanted to test his skill set in designing the fastest street machine ever. I would say he succeeded in his endeavor.


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