People, if you missed it, about a week ago a YouTube channel by the name of Soar Tseng posted a video of a man doing something most of us have dreamed of since we were children; attach a rocket motor to something, in this case a carbon fiber road bike.
This story is about a man named Wang Nan, who ended up fulfilling his so-called childhood dream. After reaching adulthood and realizing that he can live his childhood without having to ask mom and dad for money, he got to work putting a jet turbine on a road bike.
Since the jet engine he attached to his bike is a KingTech K-450G4 + turbine with a discounted price of $ 5,950, if I were his mom and dad, I would ask him if he didn’t want to car instead. Consuming 1,100 g of fuel per minute, this turbine delivers 45 kg (99 lb) of maximum thrust. What does all this mean for a man on a bicycle? Well, you are about to find out.
In order to understand what can be achieved with something like this, you must first know all the pieces of the puzzle. In this case, what type of vehicle was used, and the weight of the rider, not to mention the capacity. Friends, if you haven’t figured out what it means to tie a jet engine to anything yet, watch the video below and get back to the text.
All good? OK. The bike that was used for this feat had to be something that was able to withstand the stress levels put on a frame from such a power source. This led Wang to a Taiwanese company by the name of Roxycle, known for producing carbon fiber bikes capable of supporting up to 200 kg (441 lb) of force.
Since bike frames aren’t built to house jet engines, Wang enlisted the expertise of a college professor to create a frame addition that was safe enough and capable of achieving the feat. Then there was the importance of suitable tires for something like that. With tires that could withstand 175 lbs (79 kg) of force per square inch, the bike was ready.
With a few other tweaks, mostly security-related, Wang was set to go viral on several social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, and other new international posts.
Now the video shows Wang, in the middle of the night, with only dogs on the streets, preparing to ascertain his fate, the moment the turbine is heard to light up like any jet would. . Sure enough, with the turbine boosting in power and displaying a glowing flame behind the bike, Wang embarks on what I consider to be one of the most dangerously fun quarter-mile races I’ve seen in my life.
The first thing you notice is that Wang has a little trouble holding the bike upright, thus remaining stable until the very end. This dog that I mentioned earlier, he moved away very quickly. Heck, imagine what a jet turbine would look like in the middle of the night. Towards the end of the video, Wang is not visible but the engine roars.
This brings me to the last issue with this event, the laws. During this speed show, Wang ended up breaking some laws and was fined $ 6.51 by local police. If I were Wang, would I do it again? You bet your last dollar!
So how fast did Wang fly with his craft? Well, in thirty seconds this gem was able to hit a top speed of 83 mph (133.5 km / h) before running out of juice. According to Liberty Times Net, the entire construction cost Wang nearly 500,000 Taiwan Yuan, or about $ 18,000 (at current exchange rates) to install and operate the vehicle. Apparently, if you like speed-driven experiences with little to no social consequences, move to Taiwan.