Its good to be Jay Leno. Along with his recent success in a new prime-time weekday comedy spot (The Jay Leno Show), Mr. Leno now has a sweet new high-tech supercar that runs on turbine-powered bio-diesel and is said to have the ability to top 245 MPH.
Not only does Jay own one of the original nine ’63 Chrysler turbine cars, he built his own with the help of some of the guys in GM’s Advanced Design Studios. How cool is that? Jay had the designers at GM draw sketch after sketch until he saw the very image of a supercar that he had in his mind. And he called it the EcoJet.
The EcoJet was one serious project. Jay hosted some of the fabrication at his own monster garage in his home in California. The car was built with help from some great auto-geniuses such as Metalcrafters (concept car pros), Alcoa, Weismann (McLaren F1), and GM. A ton of GM superior parts were used such as those found in Corvette ZR1, C5 and Z06 C6. The turbine is the one found in US Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters.
Now, things only got better after Leno completed his little project. As a test, Jay raced his EcoJet with a jet plane on an airport runway… and beat ’em up to 160 MPH. Jay’s super-craft is geared to get up to over 245 MHP.
The EcoJet was built on an environmentally friendly theme, no animal-sourced products were used. The car runs on bio-diesel rather than gas. As green as this car is, it still only gets about 5 MPG. But you have to remember this is a jet more than it is your family sedan.
Over-all I have to say that Jay Leno has built one sweet ride.
Jay Leno may be known first for his comedy, but in a close second is his car collection. Take a look at a few of the other supercars found in Jay’s garage…
Car images courtesy of http://www.jaylenosgarage.com