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Did You Know? Jay Leno Built a Jet-Powered Supercar
Late night funnyman Jay Leno presides over one heck of a car collection, featuring hallowed marques like Bentley, Maserati, and Bugatti. But one of the most interesting cars in his garage is one he built; a turbine-engine jet car.
Leno first fell for the jet-powered concept cars of the 1960s, and even owns one of Chrysler’s original turbine cars. Over four decades later, he decided to build his own—the EcoJet concept—and he showcased this stunning auto at 2006 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The labor of love was built to run on renewable biodiesel and draws power from a 650-horsepower Honeywell LTS101 helicopter engine, which spins out over 500 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The project took nearly three years to complete, and was largely built in Leno’s own garage, thanks to engineering and design help from General Motors. Take a look at the build process, below. To hear the beast power up, scroll over to around 12 minutes 25 seconds.