A Tesla Model S With a Jet Engine
We just watched a video from the YouTube channel, Warped Perception, where the owner of a Tesla Model S P85D, mounted 3 jet engines on the back of his Tesla. He wanted to see what impact having those engines would have on the speed of the Tesla against what driving it just under its own power would do.
It was a lot of work to build the jet engines. First, he had to build the jet engine control panels. A painstaking process involving welding, construction, cutting out the proper parts, and putting everything together in an engineered fashion.
Next, he had to build the rear controls, which involved a lot of wires. and placing the proper electrical outlets for the wires to run through and plug into. In the end, individual circuit boards were set up for each engine to connect to.
Then he had to attach the jet engines. You could see him first do this with his design software on his computer. It was a very mathematical and precise calculation.
He then installed the fuel tank. The jet engines need to get their fuel from somewhere and won't be able to use the electrical power of the car. Once the jet engines were done, he flipped the on switch and the engines came to life. They made a noise that sounded just like an airplane getting ready to take off.
Timing the Tesla With and Without the Jet Engine
He took his Tesla Model S and began driving on the freeway with the engines on. You could see flames shooting out of the engines and the loud sound like an airplane while he was driving. I'm sure people were looking at his car in curiosity or fear.
He went to go fill up his engine with K-1 Kerosene fuel and spilled and ended up having to get a funnel. He got some turbine oil to mix with the fuel as well. After filling up his tank with about 7 large cups of fuel, he was all filled up.
Now the tests begin. Unfortunately, it was very rainy and the road was wet where he was doing his tests. He had 100 lbs. of fuel and about 50% battery. Not the best and most ideal conditions.
His first run from 0 to 60 mph was 4.38 seconds. There was definitely some tires spinning from the wet ground and skidding along the way to get to 60 mph.
Then he went back to the start and turned on all 3 jet engines. You could see the flame coming out of each engine. They were ready to go. He was able to do 0 to 60 mph in 3.32 seconds. He did a second run and got 3.4 seconds. There were screeching tires and skid marks from the launch of the car. The tires were likely spinning for the first couple hundred feet.
Under the circumstances, he says this was the worst 0 to 60 mph times he has ever had with his car. He wants to revisit this when it gets warm outside and the roads aren't wet.
If we take the 3.32 seconds and compare it to the time of 4.38 seconds, that's roughly a 25% faster time with the jet engines. I think when it's warmer and the road is dry, we'll see an even bigger percentage gain.
The Tesla Roadster Rocket Engine
There has been mention of Tesla's next generation Roadster and that it may have an option for a SpaceX rocket as an add-on and that it could allow for a 0 to 60 mph time of around 1.2 seconds.
I'm curious to see how the rocket booster compares to the Tesla with jet engines. There is some interesting math when it comes to the Roadster with a SpaceX rocket booster.
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.