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March 6th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-06 05:58
  Subject:   [MeFi] 1350 HP Jet Beetle.
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  Music:Mötley Crüe: Kickstart My Heart




The car was built because I wanted the wildest street-legal ride possible. With this project, I was able to use my engineering skills (I have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University) to design the car without the distraction of how other people have done it in the past - because no one has. I don't know how fast the car will go and probably never will.

Car was built to look as if VW delivered the car this way. It handles fine and is safe. I was thinking of putting it into an import car show but the promoter told me that it looked too plain and recommended that I put some decals on it, lower it, and put on some aftermarket wheels. Sure kid, put on some flimsy wheels won't take a curb and don't center on the hubs, lower the car so the tires rub and get cut by the body using springs that bounce me all over the road, and advertise for companies that couldn't engineer themselves out of a paper bag. I would have thought the 14" diameter tailpipe was enough for him but I guess it wasn't.


http://www.freewebs.com/jet_beetle/

His wife, apparently not wanting to be left behind, asked for dual jet turbines on her scooter.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-06 18:47
  Subject:   New job = great! But I still don't like Mondays.
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  Music:U2 - Monday, Bloody Monday ;]
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