Jet-Powered Z600…..We Have A Go!!

What do you get when you combine a gutted Honda Z600, a high-mounted Garrett JFS100 gas turbine jet engine and some crazy drunk Zealanders? A Kei-car that is sure to be the fastest on the planet.

Having the license plate “Jetboy”, you would hope to live up to your name and fool the crowd when you roll onto the drag strip for that unthinkable quarter mile time. But unfortunately not much is said from this point on……..and probably for good reason as the car proved to be too unstable in its test runs (see video below).

As many of you asked after we posted the Z600 (pictured above), we wanted to clarify once again that this was indeed real and functional. The owners are unknown as of this time, just that they were some crazy drunk New-Zealanders or possible Europeans at best (our apologizes is you are reading this now).

The replacement engine for the original 36 horsepower, air-cooled 598cc engine was a 50lb, Allied Signal JFS100 Gas Turbine Engine, that generates roughly 150 lbt and rotates at 75,000 rpm max. Being a single-spool type engine, it was easy to manage the position of the turbine through the rear hatch with the necessary mounting needed.

The designers opted to take out the power-turbine & gearbox and replaced it with a thrust nozzle for easier handling of the throttle controls. The thrust was designed low because the stator vanes have been left in place and this creates a huge amount of swirl in the exhaust gasses. The suspension was left mostly intact with bracing added on the frame for more rigidity. We personally like the yellow spare tires for needed weight loss and aerodynamics.

Watch below for the test video on this rare and FUN Z600 that only a few will be able to get to see. Can we give this guy a Decal?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lbjeOww-rk]

Nate Mitchell

Honda Roots Editor-in-Chief
A strong SN Honda enthusiast, he currently owns an ’80 XR and ’81 SN Preludes, supplies parts and operates Honda Roots, Thisoldhonda.org and G1Preludes.com.

4 thoughts on “Jet-Powered Z600…..We Have A Go!!

  • July 5, 2014 at 4:57 am
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    have an update for the Old School Honda set
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCo4qggmnIw&list=FLX4neQicUFch3qOGTnmBQMA&index=4

    Thunderbird 2 otherwise known as HondaJet originally a Z360 hardtop I’ve gone to a smaller turbine and rear wheel drive (like the old Hondas) sorry its become a bit of a rat-rod the rust was getting terminal especially since the stability issue with the other turbine (pilot error) but hey it proved up to the part and just the ride for a quiet cafe cruise. Trip home was a test of the booster rockets.

    Some photos of the process involved are on here
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyjeepaviation/sets/
    I do have a section of the old Hondas

    regards all

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    • July 5, 2014 at 5:03 am
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      mistake with the URL for utube… corrected version follows

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  • July 5, 2014 at 5:00 am
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    have an update for the Old School Honda set

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCo4qggmnIw

    Thunderbird 2 otherwise known as HondaJet originally a Z360 hardtop I’ve gone to a smaller turbine and rear wheel drive (like the old Hondas) sorry its become a bit of a rat-rod the rust was getting terminal especially since the stability issue with the other turbine (pilot error) but hey it proved up to the part and just the ride for a quiet cafe cruise. Trip home was a test of the booster rockets.

    Some photos of the process involved are on here
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyjeepaviation/sets/
    I do have a section of the old Hondas

    regards all

    Reply

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