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Boeing Jet-Powered Go-Kart Goes “Well Over” 100MPH


Riding around in a go-kart is already pretty fun, but what if you could reach speeds of over 100 miles an hour with a custom jet-powered go-kart? Thanks to Seth Kettleman, you can.

He’s a surplus aircraft parts dealer and he has already put together a couple of custom creations. He had a jet-powered Batmobile replica, for instance, as well as a jet-powered Datsun 280ZX. His latest creation is even more ambitious, because the jet-powered go-kart is so much smaller. This makes for potentially a much more exhilarating ride.

The custom go-kart is powered by a reclaimed Boeing 502-7 gas turbine engine, producing over 200 pounds of thrust. “The kart’s performance is absolutely amazing,” says Kettleman. “It’s so light and when that Boeing breaths, it takes your breath away … The low ground clearance and center of gravity makes it one with the road. The seating position and butterfly steering wheel start to make you think that you are piloting a fighter jet.”

And if going over 100mph isn’t enough for you, Kettleman is considering adding an afterburner for some flaming good fun, as well as a new exhaust nozzle for an even higher top speed. The custom jet-powered go-kart ultimately went for $8,100 on eBay. Given Kettleman’s history, it’s only a matter of time before we see another jet-powered beast.

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A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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