Late for School? Hop on the Jet-Powered Bus
What global warming? Paul Stender, the creator of 'The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus,' pumps 150 gallons of fuel into his mad-cap vehicle to power a hair-raising, quarter-mile joyride, which you must definitely watch in the video after the break. The converted yellow bus -- rigged with a Phantom fighter plane jet -- seems to have no purpose other than to inspire awe (or anger, if you're of the greener stripe), but we won't fault Stender's low-concept thinking. He told the Telegraph, "I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on, it's a jet bus. The second, is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not." Jet fuel totally helped to keep us off meth, too.
Stender and his Indy Boys Inc. outfit, based in Indianapolis, modified the bus, which Stender claims only sports about 5-percent of its original parts. "There's still some bus left on it, a little bit on the front." He had to fit the bus with metals that could withstand jet-engine heat, and mod the the rest of the vehicle so that it could reach its top speed of 367 mph.
Stender, who likes to show off the bus at schools, says he wanted to inspire kids to get off the computer from time to time, and supposes that watching a CO2-spewing jet bus will peel them away from Facebook for a white-hot minute. (Hey, leave future bloggers be!) Stender's automotive/aircraft-engineering skills are all self-taught ("I... didn't like school much," he says), so we're not quite sure whether or not he's encouraging kids to drop out and build their own sub-legal jet vehicles. But it's Friday, and we don't want to think too hard. And in Stender's words, "Come on, it's a jet bus." [From: The Telegraph]