Ricky Bobby said he wanted to go fast, and he first did so without any caution whatsoever. That was a movie and the character was a little kid who didn’t realize he was mortal, who turned into an adult who also didn’t realize he was mortal, so it’s even more unbelievable when adults in real life take on a similar attitude. Take, for example, this jet kart with an afterburner. Who in their right mind would make such a thing? Even more important, who would have the lapse of judgment to actually attempt to drive it, even with a helmet on and sticking to a closed course? Most people would guess the man behind such a vehicle would be a deranged lunatic, perhaps even a serial killer. They might even guess it was a Russian scientist, but they would be wrong. Instead, the twisted genius is a computer engineer from England, and his name is Adrian Bennett. It’s hardly a menacing-sounding name, and the guy works a pretty mundane job. But, like many of us gear heads, Adrian has a love for fast cars, speed and adrenaline.
Built right from his UK home, Bennett modified a Schwitzer turbo charged engine base and attached a 1,000 degree centigrade diesel fueled after burner to his Honda four-stroke Go Kart. This later led to him beating the world record top speed in a Go Kart. Yes, we know what you’re thinking…and we challenge the naysayers to try piloting a go cart with 120 horsepower and then come back and tell us “it’s no big deal.” In the video when Bennett fires up the afterburner, sending kerosene into the exhaust, things turn even crazier. The exhaust turns red hot, glowing like a sparkler on the Fourth of July. That move apparently dials up the thrust by 40 percent, which should be enough to help the kart achieve escape velocity. Bennett admitted that his fascination with jet engines started when he was a kid and the space race was on, which put rocket science front and center. As a result, he has spent 25 years learning about jet engines and their features.
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