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   Undertoad  Wednesday Apr 23 12:22 PM

4/23/2003: Jet-powered go-kart



If you're not so interested in getting blasted up into space on a private rocket, maybe you'd rather just stay on the ground and go really fast. That seems to be the fancy of this Swiss engineering company called Meditech, which was pointed to in the latest ZZZ Online. The page pointed to is a compilation of a lot of their projects.

And I have a great slogan for them: "Darwin Award-Winning Designs". Any one of these projects could kill you in any number of interesting ways.

If you go on a modem, be patient while you wait for the page to load because it is all images - it's huge. And poorly laid out and such. But amongst their projects:

- Several jet-powered bikes that set world record speeds: 245 km/h (about 150 mph)
- A working "rocket man" jet-pack so you can just fly around
- An after-burning jet bolted onto a stock hatchback of some sort
- Jet cars powered by steam

I want one of each. I probably only need them for about five minutes each.

They claim on the page that one of their next projects is to put that jet above on a jet-pack, you know, so you'd strap it on and fly it. That's clearly completely insane, but it seems these people are already way over the edge.



MachineyBear  Wednesday Apr 23 12:54 PM

They should sell a rocket-powered wheelchair with this thing, to use after you paralyze yourself.



lawman  Wednesday Apr 23 01:25 PM

This engine would sure deter tailgaters!



Whit  Wednesday Apr 23 02:37 PM

UT beat me to the reference.

     I thought of the Darwin Awards as soon as I saw the thread title. Having seen the pic I thought it was even more appropriate. So why do I want one???



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Apr 23 04:56 PM

They've got 50 more ways to leave your lover.



Elspode  Wednesday Apr 23 05:09 PM

Is this cart gas turbine powered through a gearbox, or is it just being pushed along ala a jet aircraft? I only ask because there appears to be a chainwheel astride the axle to the left of the engine. Not that this would make much of a difference as it would still be ridiculously overpowered, but still...

And, as an afterthought...where are the brakes?



Elspode  Wednesday Apr 23 05:18 PM

I've looked at the web site...these people are clearly insane. Creative, brilliant...but insane.



arz  Wednesday Apr 23 05:49 PM

Quote:
Is this cart gas turbine powered through a gearbox, or is it just being pushed along ala a jet aircraft? I only ask because there appears to be a chainwheel astride the axle to the left of the engine.
Actually, that's the inboard rear disk brake. But looking at the photo again it appears there are no front brakes. Yowza.


That Guy  Wednesday Apr 23 05:58 PM

That's the exact same go-cart frame I had when I was a kid. 'Cept mine only had a 1-cyl Tecumseh engine. These things only come with one brake, and it looks like they removed all the other rear-end hardware. That seat doesn't look too comfortable, either.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Apr 23 06:07 PM

The seat doesn't look very comfortable. You probably wouldn't live long enough to notice.



cweekly  Thursday Apr 24 09:02 AM

"meditech" -- no wonder.

These guys sell medical equipment; the jet-powered suicide machines just help drive business

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p.s. this is my first post, I've been enjoying iotd for years so it was overdue... hi all.



dave  Thursday Apr 24 09:03 AM

Hi. I've decided I won't pick on you, so let's be friends.



Undertoad  Thursday Apr 24 10:13 AM

That's rare for dave so I would take advantage of his kind offer if I were you.



Griff  Thursday Apr 24 10:20 AM

I'm all about rocket packs. I thought we were all sposed to have these by now. This would cut commute time tremendously... unless you're ducking patriots all the way to work.



tjennings  Thursday Apr 24 11:04 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by arz
Actually, that's the inboard rear disk brake. But looking at the photo again it appears there are no front brakes. Yowza.
At least it has a really cheap plastic front bumper (recycled milk cartons maybe?). No seat belt, although it may be better to ditch the vehicle and let it go on it's merry way if things go south.


Undertoad  Thursday Apr 24 11:16 AM

Two things come to mind for me. One is, what happens if the thing goes airborne which would probably be likely. Two is, the plastic molded seat is supported by a single pole, which would be embedded in your back if the thing goes 0-100 in 1 second.



Elspode  Thursday Apr 24 01:42 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Griff
I'm all about rocket packs. I thought we were all sposed to have these by now. This would cut commute time tremendously... unless you're ducking patriots all the way to work.
I imagine you'd have to duck the Patriot Act in order to use a jet pack. I mean, they had a problem with shipping of model rocket engines (although I think they're revising that one), I can't imagine they'd be too cool with people whizzing around with liquid fueled rockets strapped to their backs. Just think what a suicide bomber could do with one of those and 100 # of C-4 strapped on as well.


And  Thursday Apr 24 03:06 PM

I can see the interview on a local news station:

"Well, it all started when I was 9, and I'd tied these bottle rockets on this plastic race car I had. You know, the Thunderbirds was always my favorite show, and they had rockets coming out of everything, so..."

"...and I'll always remember Muffy, and the way she looked at me as I tied her tail down. Y'know, to keep it out of the flame's path..."

"...Mom, she said she didn't like it that I kept doing this, but dad always used to tell me that I should reach for the stars, and I always took him literally..."

"...finding a new college was difficult. The damage to the administration hall was rather noticable and made the evening news, so it was well-known that I was into this sort of thing..."

"...and when the creditors began calling and the medical bills started piling up, I realized had to find a way to pay them off. Then my buddy here, he comes up with the idea that we should sell these things to other people..."



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 24 05:15 PM

Welcome cweekly!
Dave , are you starting a gang?



Torrere  Thursday Apr 24 09:07 PM

I happen to someone I could give one of these to.

He he he he he he - ahem. I think it would make a nice birthday present.

He he he he he he he.



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