Suzuki Hayabusa Gets Jet Turbine Engine from F14 [Video]
The Suzuki bike has been fitted with an AlliedSignal jet fuel starter (JFS) coming from an early F14. We are talking about an Auxiliary Power Unit, a device that was created to generate power for other functions than propulsion. And yes, it’s got an afterburner!
Tony Pandolfo from Orlando, Florida, the 54-year old who built the thing, only mentions that the bike now has 300 lb-ft of torque on his website. Talking to The Daily Mail, he explains that he has actually turned the engine’s power down, in order to make his creation ridable.
"I really love the novelty of a jet-powered bike - it sounds like an aircraft. I wanted to make it user friendly so didn't make it too powerful. Anybody who can ride a scooter can ride this, it is an automatic and handles exceptionally well. It is just like a Hayabusa except it sounds like an F14 fighter jet charging down the runway. It is like a jet at lower speeds but as it picks up it sounds more like a travelling missile," he told the aformentioned source.
Sounds good? Well, if the answer is yes, you have to know that the low-flying creation can be yours for $60,000 (around EUR38,000).
Here are the specs of the jet-powered Busa:
- Engine: AlliedSignal jet fuel starter (also known as an auxiliary power unit or APU), used in early-model F-14s and A-10s
- Torque: 300 ft/lbs
- Weight: 400 lbs, dry
- Fuel Type: K2 Kerosene or Jet A
- Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
- Fuel Consumption: 5 miles/gallon
- Double the braking power (two rear calipers)
- Custom control system - Automatic transmission; no clutch
- LED headlights and taillights