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The Mad Scientist Who Built a Hybrid Electric Jet Turbine-Powered RX-7

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The world is full of passion projects. But has your project car ever included putting in a 60 horsepower diesel-powered jet turbine into your RX-7? We caught up with the madman behind this insane and amazing car, and quite frankly, we’re still coughing up kerosene exhaust.

image/text credit: Jalopnik 

The engine itself is a JetCat SPT-15RX turboprop borrowed from a model aircraft. They put out around 15kw, or up to 20kw if you really want to push the limits.

image/text credit: Jalopnik 

The turboprop drives a generator capable of around 40kw, which in turn charges a boot-full of Enerdel LiNMC batteries, providing around 25kWh.

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So, is it efficient? Well the little Mazda gets around 110km on a full charge when in electric only mode, and up to 500km with the jet turbine recharging the batteries.

Patrick tells us that the fuel economy hovers around the 7L per 100km. Not too bad when compared to the fuel guzzling rotary that used to call this RX7 home.

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