I know, this is a blog about cars, but this is just too good.
There’s a bunch of things that makes this great/terrifying.
First off, it’s that they mounted the engine on a bicycle. Not a car, or a truck, or even a motorcycle, but something that looks like a re-done Schwinn.
Next, that’s not your run of the mill jet engine, oh no. That’s a PeenemÃ¼nde-grade pulse jet attached to to that bike … Sweet Jesus, I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. Seriously, what sort of lunatic would do something like that.
And finally, the claimed top speed: 75 miles per hour.
Rockets on bikes are nothing new (they were playing around with them in the 20s, actually), but a pulse jet?
For starters, those things make an enormous amount of noise. I know from first hand experience (on more than one occasion) that one of this size is going to crank out sound pressure levels way, WAY in excess of 120 dB a good distance away (in the 30 meter range). Whoever is riding that bike better used double earplugs and gun-muffs, or their ear drums will be toast.
Also, they shoot out flame for 3 or 4 times the barrel length, so there’s thermal concerns here … as in, you’ll light the garage on fire if you’re within 50 feet of it.
And, that thing is seriously off the the centerline of vehicle … the rider will be crabbing like crazy trying to make it go straight.
But that’s OK, he won’t have to worry about that for very long. It’ll be a very low altitude, short duration flight.
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