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It appears that jet-powered novely vehicles are bit like number 8 buses - you wait ages for one and loads come at once. A photo of the jet-powered Sinclair C5 Indeed, no sooner had the jet-powered go-kart roared onto eBay, than another kamikaze vehicle aficionado decided to give wannabe Richard Hammonds the chance to burn some …

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BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Order now and we'll include at no extra charge (just pay shipping) a jet-powered barrel suitable for navigating over Angel Falls, Venezuela!

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oh dear

Comes with a free Darwin award nomination as well, no doubt...

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The doppelganger spacesuits

I was surprised by the chap's website; although the picture looks like a crude Photoshop montage, it actually seems to be a real jet-powered C5. There are videos, with sound! The intake is on the bottom, and probably sucks up all kinds of dust and debris when it's running. That's probably not a huge problem, because the pilot will not live to see the engine fail.

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the pilot won't live to see the engine fail?

well there's a video of a test run: http://www.jetpower.co.uk/c5/media/c5.wmv

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Er...

Won't the heat melt all that plastic?

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Only 100bhp

I'd almost think a 2 stroke motorbike motor would have a better power/weight.

I'm no expert, but isn't a straight jet a lot less efficient at low speeds than a wheel drive?

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What is next?

I suggest someone look into making a jet powered Reliant Robin!

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100bhp!

>"I'd almost think a 2 stroke motorbike motor would have a better power/weight.

>"I'm no expert, but isn't a straight jet a lot less efficient at low speeds than a wheel drive?

Ummm....yeah. But you're missing the point!

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Rocket powered Reliant Robin

>"I suggest someone look into making a jet powered Reliant Robin!"

How about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN3JjUUdjWU

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This should have been standard

If only Sir Clive had fitted this from the beginning...

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Burning rubber?

"...the chance to burn some serious rubber."

Sounds like the wheels might be placed to close to the jet-engine (or vise versa), since a jet-powered vehicle doesn't use the enigne to drive the wheels :o)

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dpg

Missed a trick there...

Where's the reheat? C'mon, jet power C5 with afterburner - now that would be a story ;)

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Speeding ZX80's??

When I read 'Sinclair' at first, somehow I was thinking in the Sinclair computers from the 80's. I had forgotten the existance of the vehicle of the same name.

Hm... but putting, say ... a ZX80 on board this jet-Sinclair as the 'pilot' would also bring this article to IT-related status!

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Not a lot of varooom

There's a little too much emphasis on the aluminum gas tank and wiring loom connectors for my taste. I found a Youtube video of this thing and it moves along smoothly but I bet it took all morning to get up to that speed. I've seen a simple electric go cart go faster and really burn some rubber. Wasn't this thing electric to begin with? This looks like a downgrade.

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